Written by Cemal Karakas (4th edition, updated on 31.1.2019),
On 14 September 2016, the European Commission proposed an updated regulation on the Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC). The proposal aims at transforming BEREC into a 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, and also developing common approaches to deliver peer-reviewed opinions on draft national measures (e.g. radio spectrum assignments) and on cross-border disputes.
In June 2018, Parliament and Council found a compromise in trilogue. The BEREC office will have legal personality, but not BEREC itself, which remains a body of NRAs. Parliament and Council also agreed on giving new tasks to BEREC and on moving from simple majority to two-thirds majority for key decisions of the Board of Regulators and of the Management Board. The final act was signed on 10 December 2018, and entered into force on 20 December 2018.
|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
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)
|Procedure completed.||Regulation (EU) 2018/1971
OJ L 321, 17.12.2018, pp. 1-35