Press release - BEREC 2023 chairmanship handed over to Greek regulator
BEREC 2023 chairmanship handed over to Greek regulator
BEREC will continue to promote full connectivity
The incoming BEREC Chair presented the BEREC Work Programme for the next year. In 2023, BEREC will continue to monitor digital markets, emerging electronic communication services and developments in both of these areas in order to anticipate potential regulatory needs in a fast-changing environment. Promoting full connectivity for consumers and businesses will remain a key priority for BEREC in the future.
With the aim to enhance stakeholder contributions to the development of the BEREC Work Programme 2024, Kostas Masselos announced that the 11th BEREC Stakeholder Forum will take place on 30 March 2023 in Brussels.
BEREC welcomes NCEC (Ukraine) as participant without voting rights
At the 53rd BEREC ordinary meetings, BEREC Chair Annemarie Sipkes, the BEREC Office Director László Ignéczi, and Oleksandr Zhyvotovskyi, the Chairman of the Ukrainian National Commission for State Regulation of Electronic Communications (NCEC) signed Working Arrangements. The NCEC is now formally allowed to participate in the day-to-day work of BEREC’s Board of Regulators and to join BEREC’s working groups. The document is based on the Working Arrangements that BEREC and BEREC Office have signed with other participating NRA’s without voting rights.
Since Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, the European Union and Ukraine have been working together to secure affordable cross-border communications. Earlier this year, BEREC and its member NRAs strengthened their relationship with the Ukrainian regulator NCEC. They cooperated on roaming tariff agreements and joint actions by Ukrainian and EU operators to ensure affordable connectivity for Ukrainian refugees.
BEREC sees no merit in changing the substance of the Open Internet Regulation (OIR) as it ensures an open internet to stakeholders, safeguarding end users' rights and guaranteeing the internet ecosystem's continued functioning as an innovation. The European regulators expressed their views in the Opinion for the evaluation of the application of the Open Internet Regulation. They also considered the additional clarity provided by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the 2020 and 2021 rulings. The published opinion is also associated with the BEREC Open Internet GuidelinesIts objective is to provide input to the European Commission for its second report to the European Parliament and the Council on the review of Regulation (EU) 2015/2120, due by 30 April 2023.
BEREC report on internet ecosystem sets work ahead
BEREC working group co-chairs presented a report on the internet ecosystem, a broad analysis aimed at understanding how users’ internet experience is affected by the different elements of the ecosystem. In the report, experts also analysed how interactions between these elements impact regulatory interventions. One of BEREC’s strategic priorities is to support competitive and sustainable open digital markets. With a significant role in the high-level group enforcing the Digital Markets Act (DMA), BEREC will keep monitoring and analysing developments in the internet ecosystem, and in particular those practices that the current legislative initiatives may not address.
Revision of BEREC Roaming Guidelines complete
Public documents available online
A full list of BEREC’s public documents adopted at the 53rd ordinary plenary meetings will be available on the BEREC’s website. The 54th BEREC ordinary meetings will be virtual and take place on 9-10 March 2023. The next public debriefing on the outcomes of the BEREC ordinary meetings will take place on 15 March 2023 – also virtually.
Note for editors
The presentation and the video recording of the BEREC public debriefing will be available on BEREC’s website soon.