Answer given by Ms Kroes on behalf of the Commission
Both the EU Member States and the European Commission have actively contributed to the preparatory work for the WCIT through the CEPT(1) process and the ITU Council Working Group. On 2 August 2012 the Commission presented a draft EU position to the Council (COM(430) final). A copy was sent to the European Parliament.
The revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) will relate to a variety of issues. Some of these issues will be of EU competence and some not. The proposed EU position aims to coordinate the position and subsequent discussion on EU relevant issues. At the same time Member States and the Commission cooperate, directly and through CEPT, to defend the common EU interests.
The Commission is of the opinion that the ITRs should remain at a high level, be strategically neutral and would not make ITU recommendations binding. The scope of the ITRs should also remain what it now is. The role of the ITU should thus be what it currently is. With respect to the WCIT all EU partners advocate full transparency.