European Union's policy approach to the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12)
Question for oral answer O-000180/2011
to the Commission
on behalf of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
The ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), which will take place in Geneva from 23 January to 17 February 2012, will adopt revisions to the Radio Regulations that are binding on ITU Members, including all EU Member States. As is clear from the Communication adopted by the Commission (COM(2011)0180), several agenda items have a strong EU policy dimension, and situations could arise where common rules may be affected, such as those dealing with the digital dividend or short-range devices, as there is existing EU legislation in force for the spectrum bands concerned and changes in the Radio Regulations could directly affect their scope.
This is against the background of the provisions in the regulatory framework for electronic communications services that now gives a Community dimension to negotiations in international organisations competent in radio spectrum matters, which was not the case for earlier WRCs.
The importance of the international dimension was highlighted in the position taken on 11 May 2011 by the European Parliament in the report on Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (P7_TA(2011)0220), which stresses that the Union must take a single position where Union competences apply.
What does the Commission view as the most important items for this conference and where is exclusive Union competence given?
How will the Commission promote the strengthened Union dimension in the forthcoming negotiations and how will it ensure a single position in cases of exclusive Union competence?
Given that the WRC-12 conference will adopt the agenda for the next conference in 2015, how will the Commission ensure that that agenda reflects the European Parliament’s position on RSPP process as well as benefiting the international interests of the EU?
Deadline for reply: 22.7.2011