In Sept. 2016, the EC put forward an ambitious overhaul of the EU telecoms rules with new initiatives to meet Europe’s growing connectivity needs and to encourage investment in high-capacity networks. The new European Electronic Communications Code puts forward simplified rules to increase competition and predictability for investments. It also aims to make better use of radio-frequencies by reducing divergences between regulatory practices and agreeing on a set of coordinated basic parameters.
The Code puts forward a revision of the sector-specific consumer protection rules and the universal services regime. It suggests new definitions of electronic communication services aiming to ensure a level playing field between traditional and new online market players.
ITRE is the lead committee dealing with the regulatory framework for Telecoms. IMCO has played a key role in shaping the regulatory framework for the electronic communication sector in Europe, with exclusive competence for all aspects related to consumer protection and universal services. In this recast, IMCO will continue to take the lead in deliberating which sector-specific rules should be in place to protect consumers and to ensure the universal availability of basic electronic communication services.
IMCO Rapporteur: D. CHARANZOVA (ALDE)
Shadows: L. van NISTELROOIJ (EPP), M. MIZZI (S&D), V. FORD (ECR), J. MAŠTÁLKA (GUE/NGL), J. REDA (GRENS/EFA), R. IWASZKIEWICZ (EFDD)
ITRE Rapporteur: P. DEL CASTILLO (EPP)