Written by Cemal Karakas (2nd edition),
On 14 September 2016, the European Commission proposed an updated regulation on the Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC) as part of its wider telecoms package. The new proposal aims at transforming BEREC into a single fully fledged agency. The Commission proposes allocating new tasks to BEREC and granting it legally binding powers. New tasks include providing guidelines for national regulatory authorities (NRAs) on geographical surveys, developing common approaches to meet end-user interests, but also developing common approaches to deliver peer-reviewed opinions on draft national measures (e.g. radio spectrum assignments) and on cross-border disputes.
Stakeholders have been divided over the Commission’s review as regards the effectiveness and powers of BEREC. While the role of NRAs is widely acknowledged, some stakeholders stressed that the institutional set-up at EU and BEREC levels should be adjusted (e.g. a clearer division of powers, accountability issues, transparency in decision-making).
|Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications|
|Committee responsible:||Industry, Research, and Energy (ITRE)||COM(2016) 591
14.9.20162016/0286(COD)Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Rapporteur:||Evžen Tošenovský (ECR, Czech Republic)|
|Krišjānis Kariņš (EPP, Latvia)Constanze Krehl (S&D, Germany)
Kaja Kallas (ALDE, Estonia)
Michel Reimon (Greens/EFA, Austria)
Rolandas Paksas (EFDD, Lithuania)
Barbara Kappel (ENF, Austria)
|Next steps expected:||Vote on report in committee|