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The new European electronic communications code [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Marcin Szczepański (3rd edition),

Updated on 6.7.2018

The new European electronic communications code

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On 14 September 2016, the Commission proposed a new European electronic communications code which would overhaul the existing legislative framework for telecommunications dating from 2009. It includes measures to stimulate investment in and take-up of very high capacity networks, new spectrum rules for mobile connectivity and 5G, as well as changes to governance, the universal service regime, end-user protection rules, and numbering and emergency communication rules.

Parliament and Council provisionally agreed on the Code on 6 June 2018. Important provisions include capping the fees for intra-EU calls and new rules to stimulate investment in infrastructure and 5G networks. Furthermore the agreement offers better protection of users against security incidents, more transparency and easier switching of operators for consumers, widening of universal access, and a new SMS alert system for citizens. The ITRE committee plans to vote on the Code on 10 July 2018, and the plenary vote is expected to take place in autumn 2018.

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European electronic communications code (Recast)
Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:




Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)

Pilar del Castillo Vera (EPP, Spain)

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (S&D, Finland)
Evžen Tošenovský (ECR, Czech Republic)
Kaja Kallas (ALDE, Estonia)
Michel Reimon (Greens/EFA, Austria)
David Borrelli (EFFD, Italy)
Barbara Kappel (ENF, Austria)

COM(2016) 590 of 14.09.2016

procedure ref.: 2016/0288 (COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD, Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: Vote on compromise text in committee
First reading vote in plenary


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