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Parliamentary questions
10 July 2017
Answer given by Vice-President Ansip on behalf of the Commission

The Commission is well aware of the difficulties raised by the Honourable Members. Italy has shown to have effectively dealt with television-related interference, which indicates that technical discussions between neighbouring Member States, facilitated by the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG), can produce favourable results if there is sufficient good will.

As regards FM radio, the difficulties encountered in the RSPG good offices process led the RSPG chair to write to the Italian authorities on 28 February 2017. The RSPG concluded in its good office report of 06 June 2017 (RSPG 17-025 FINAL) that ‘the deadlock situation remain(ed) ’and that ‘Italy should take initial steps in modifying the law to ensure more enforcement power and to request AGCOM to develop an FM plan’.

In this context, the Commission services are liaising with the two national administrations concerned. The Commission invites both of them to agree on a plan to resolve the issue, including joint measurement campaigns, in conjunction with progress towards digital broadcasting standards such as DAB+ and with discussions on equitable spectrum access.

The Commission has made proposals in the European Electronic Communications Code (in particular Article 28) that seek to make cross-border coordination more effective by allowing the adoption of binding measures in the light of the outcome of RSPG good offices in such cases.

Last updated: 10 July 2017Legal notice