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RECOMMENDATION FOR SECOND READING     
28 June 1996
PE 217.505/fin. A4-0222/96
on the common position established by the Council with a view to the adoption of a European Parliament and Council Decision on a series of guidelines for trans-European telecommunications networks
(C4-0225/96 - 95/0124(COD))
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy
Rapporteur: Mr Karsten Friedrich Hoppenstedt
At its sitting of 1 February 1996 Parliament delivered its opinion at first reading on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council Decision on a series of guidelines for trans-European telecommunications networks.
 A DRAFT DECISION

 At its sitting of 1 February 1996 Parliament delivered its opinion at first reading on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council Decision on a series of guidelines for trans-European telecommunications networks.

At the sitting of 18 April 1996 the President of Parliament announced that the common position had been received and referred to the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy as the committee responsible and to the Committee on Social Affairs and Employment, the Committee on Research, Technological Development and Energy, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection, the Committee on Culture, Youth, Education and the Media, the Committee on Legal Affairs and Citizen's Rights, the Committee on Regional Policy and the Committee on Transport and Tourism for their opinions.

The committee had appointed Mr Hoppenstedt rapporteur at its meeting of 6 April 1995.

It considered the common position and the draft recommendation for second reading at its meetings of 10 June 1996 and 26 June 1996.

At the latter meeting it adopted the draft decision.

The following took part in the vote: von Wogau, chairman; Metten and Theonas, vice-chairmen; Hoppenstedt, rapporteur, Areitio Toledo, Argyros (for Langen), Barton (for Billingham), Blot (for Mégret), Bowe (for Garcia Arias), Carlsson, Cassidy, Caudron, Christodoulou, Cox (for Larive), de Brémond d'Ars, de Rose, Donnelly, Ewing, Falconer (for Glante), Friedrich, Gallagher, Garcia-Margallo, Gasoliba I Böhm, Harrison, Haug (for Kuckelkorn), Hautala, Hendrick, Herman, Imaz San Miguel, Jarzembowski (for Spindelegger), KestelijnSierens, Konrad, Lulling, Meier (for Moscovici), Miller, Murphy, Peijs, Perez Royo, Peter (for Randzio-Plath), Rönnholm, Schreiner, Secchi, Siso Cruellas (for Thyssen), Torres Marques, Väyrynen (for Riis-Jorgensen), Watson, Wibe (for Ruffolo).

The explanatory statement will be presented orally in plenary sitting.

The recommendation for second reading was tabled on 28 June 1996.

The deadline for tabling amendments to the common position or proposals for declarations of intended rejection will be indicated in the draft agenda for the relevant part-session.


 A DRAFT DECISION

Decision on the common position established by the Council with a view to the adoption of a European Parliament and Council Decision on a series of guidelines for trans-European telecommunications networks

(C4-0225/96 - 95/0124(COD))

(Codecision procedure: second reading)

The European Parliament,

- having regard to the common position of the Council, C4-0225/96 - 95/0124(COD),

- having regard to its opinion at first reading(1) on the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council, COM(95)0224(2),

- having regard to the amended Commission proposal, COM(96)0108(3)

- having regard to Article 189b(2) of the EC Treaty,

- having regard to Rule 72 of its Rules of Procedure,

- having regard to the recommendation for second reading of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy (A4-0222/96),

1. Amends the common position as follows;

2. Calls on the Commission to support Parliament's amendments in the opinion it is required to deliver pursuant to Article 189b(2) of the EC Treaty;

3. Calls on the Council to approve all Parliament's amendments, amend its common position accordingly and definitively adopt the act;

4. Instructs its President to forward this decision to the Council and Commission.

Common position of the Council

Amendments by Parliament

(Amendment 1)
Recital 17

Whereas effective coordination needs to be ensured between the development of the trans-European telecommunications networks, which must address real-world concerns, and the different Community programmes, in particular the specific programmes of the fourth framework programme for research, technological development and demonstration, programmes in favour of SMEs, comprising an informationcontent-oriented programme (such as INFO 2000, MEDIA 2) and other Information Society activities; whereas such coordination must also be ensured with the projects provided for by Council Decision 95/468/EC of 6 November 1995 on a Community contribution for telematic interchange of data between administrations in the Community (IDA);

Whereas effective coordination needs to be ensured between the development of the trans-European telecommunications networks, which must address real-world concerns, without attempting to carry out purely experimental projects, and the different Community programmes, in particular the specific programmes of the fourth framework programme for research, technological development and demonstration, programmes in favour of SMEs, comprising an information-content-oriented programme (such as INFO 2000, MEDIA 2) and other Information Society activities; whereas such coordination must also be ensured with the projects provided for by their Decisions applying to trans-European Networks;

(Amendment 2)
Recital 19

Whereas the telecommunications sector is being progressively liberalized; whereas the development of trans-European applications, generic services and base networks will increasingly rely on private initiative; whereas these trans-European developments must respond on a European scale to market needs or to actual and sizeable needs of society which are not covered by market forces alone; whereas, taking this into account, the interested sector actors will be requested to propose, through the application of appropriate procedures giving everyone equal chances, specific projects of common interest in chosen domains; whereas these procedures have to be defined and a list of the chosen domains has to be adopted; whereas a Committee will assist the Commission for the specification of the projects of common interest;

Whereas the telecommunications sector is being progressively liberalized; whereas the development of trans-European applications, generic services and base networks will increasingly rely on private initiative; whereas these trans-European developments must respond on a European scale to market needs or to actual and sizeable needs of society which are not covered by market forces alone; whereas, taking this into account, the interested sector actors will be requested to propose, through the application of appropriate procedures giving everyone equal chances, specific projects in priority domains; whereas the identification of the specific projects of common interest has to be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty, and in particular Article 129d thereof;

(Amendment 3)
Recital 22

Whereas the Commission will have to undertake actions to ensure interoperability of the networks and coordinate the activities of the Member States aiming at implementation of trans-European telecommunications networks;

Whereas the Commission will have to undertake actions to ensure interoperability of the networks and coordinate the activities of the Member States aiming at implementation of trans-European telecommunications networks and of comparable national projects;

(Amendment 4)
Article 2, first indent

This Decision establishes guidelines covering the objectives, priorities and broad lines of measures envisaged in the sphere of trans-European networks in the area of telecommunications infrastructure. These guidelines identify projects of common interest by defining the domains selected for those projects and by laying down the procedure and criteria for their specification.

This Decision establishes guidelines covering the objectives, priorities and broad lines of measures envisaged in the sphere of trans-European networks in the area of telecommunications infrastructure. These guidelines identify projects of common interest, define the domains selected for those projects and lay down the procedure and criteria for their specification.

(Amendment 5)
Article 2, first indent

– facilitating the transition towards the Information Society, in particular to promote satisfaction of social and cultural needs and to improve the quality of life;

- facilitating the transition towards the information society as well as providing experience on the effects of the deployment of new networks and applications on social activities and to promote the satisfaction of social and cultural needs and to improve the quality of life,

(Amendment 6)
Article 3

The priorities for the realization of the objectives mentioned in Article 2 shall be:

The priorities for the realisation of the objectives mentioned in Article 2 will be, in the following order:

– study and validation of feasibility, followed by the deployment of applications supporting the development of a European information society, in particular applications of collective interest;

– study and validation of feasibility, followed by the deployment of applications contributing to economic and social cohesion, by improving access to information throughout the Community and also building on European cultural diversity;

(a) identification, study and validation of the technical and commercial feasibility, followed by the deployment of trans-European generic services providing a seamless access to all kinds of information, including in rural and peripheral areas, and interoperable with equivalent services at world level and the ex-post assessment of the social consequences of such deployment;

– stimulation of initiatives associating in particular less-favoured regions for the launch of trans-European telecom services and applications;

– study and validation of feasibility, followed by the deployment of applications and services contributing to the strengthening of the internal market and job creation, in particular those offering to SMEs means to improve their competitiveness in the Community and at world level;

– identification, study and validation of feasibility, followed by the deployment of trans-European generic services providing seamless access to all kinds of information, including in rural and peripheral areas, and interoperable with equivalent services at world level;

(b) identification and removal of gaps and missing links for an effective interconnection and interoperability of all their components of telecommunications networks in the Community and at world level, with particular emphasis on Euro-ISDN networks and, where it meets an identified sizeable potential market demand, on IBC networks.

(c) study and validation of the technical and commercial feasibility, followed by the deployment of applications supporting the development of a European information society, in particular applications of collective interest and the ex-post assessment of the social consequences of such deployment;

– study and validation of the feasibility of new integrated broadband communication (IBC) networks, where required for such applications and services, and the promotion of the interconnectivity of such networks;

– identification and removal of gaps and missing links for effective interconnection and interoperability of all the components of telecommunications networks in the Community and at world level, with particular emphasis on IBC networks.

(d) study and validation of the feasibility of new integrated broadband communication (IBC) networks, where required for such applications and services, and the promotion of the interconnectivity of such networks.

(e) study and validation of the feasibility, followed by the deployment of applications and services contributing to the strengthening of the internal market and job creation, in particular those offering to SMEs means to improve their competitiveness in the European Community and at world level and the ex-post assessment of the social consequences of such deployment;

(f) study and validation of the feasibility, followed by the deployment of applications contributing to the economic and social cohesion, by improving access to information throughout the Community and also building on European cultural diversity, and the ex-post assessment of the social consequences of such deployment;

(g) stimulation of transboundary interregional initiatives for the launch of trans-European telecom services and applications.

(h) Action to promote applications strengthening ties, on the basis of mutual understanding, closer relations and maximum economic, cultural and associative exchange, with the countries of the Mediterranean, Central and Eastern Europe, the CIS and Latin America.

(Amendment 7)
Article 5

The development of trans-European networks in the sphere of telecommunications infrastructure shall be undertaken under this Decision through the implementation of projects of common interest. The spheres within which projects of common interest shall be specified are listed in Annex I.

The development of trans-European networks in the sphere of telecommunications infrastructure shall be undertaken under this Decision through the implementation of projects of common interest. The spheres within which projects of common interest shall be identified are listed in Annex I.

(Amendment 8)
Article 6

In accordance with Articles 7, 8 and 9 projects of common interest in the spheres indicated in Annex I shall be specified, using the identification criteria listed in Annex II. The projects specified are eligible for Community support in compliance with Council Regulation (EC) No 2236/95 of 18 September 1995, laying down general rules for the granting of Community financial aid in the field of trans-European networks 1.

1. OJ No L 228, 23.9.1995, p.1.

In accordance with Article 129D of the Treaty, and following the procedure described in Articles 7, 8 and 9 projects of common interest in the spheres indicated in Annex I shall be identified, using the identification criteria listed in Annex II. The projects identified are eligible for Community support in compliance with Council Regulation (EC) No 2236/95 of 18 September 1995, laying down general rules for the granting of Community financial aid in the field of trans-European networks 1.

1. OJ No L 228, 23.9.1995, p.1.

(Amendment 9)
Article 7

1. A draft work programme shall be prepared by the Commission, in conformity with the other trans-European network policies, in consultation with sector operators, for selecting the areas in which specific projects of common interest can be proposed, within the spheres of projects of common interest set out in Annex I. The work programme shall be updated as necessary.

1. A draft work programme shall be prepared by the Commission, in conformity with the other trans-European network policies, in consultation with sector operators, for selecting the areas in which specific projects can be proposed, within the domains of projects of common interest set out in Annex I. The work programme shall be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council and updated as necessary in accordance with Article 129d of the Treaty.

2. The work programme shall be the basis for the establishment of regular calls for proposals for projects of common interest by the Commission.

2. The work programme shall be the basis for the establishment of regular calls for proposals for projects of common interest by the Commission.

3. In accordance with Article 129D of the Treaty, the Commission shall propose to the Parliament and Council the list of the projects selected basing on the results of the calls for proposals. The Commission shall ensure that the projects relating to the territory of a Member State are approved by the Member State concerned.

(Amendment 10)
Article 8 (2)

2. For the cases specified in Article 9(1), the Commission shall be assisted by a committee composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

2. The Commission shall be assisted by an advisory committee composed of representatives of the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.

The Commission representative shall submit to the committee a draft of the measures to be taken. The committee shall deliver its opinion on the draft within a time limit which the Chairman may lay down according to the urgency of the matter. The opinion shall be delivered by the majority provided for in Article 148(2) of the Treaty in the case of decisions which the Council is required to adopt on a proposal from the Commission. The votes of the Member States' representatives within the committee shall be weighted in the manner set out in that Article. The Chairman shall not vote.

The Commission representative shall submit to the committee and to the European Parliament a draft of the measures to be taken. The committee shall deliver its opinion on the draft within a time limit which the chairman may lay down according to the urgency of the matter. The opinion shall be delivered by the majority provided for in Article 148(2) of the Treaty in the case of decisions which the Council is required to adopt on a proposal from the Commission. The votes of the Member States' representatives within the committee shall be weighted in the manner set out in that Article. The Chairman shall not vote.

The Commission shall adopt the measures envisaged where they are in accordance with the opinion of the committee.

If the measures envisaged are not in accordance with the committee's opinion, or if no opinion is delivered, the Commission shall without delay submit to the Council a proposal relating to the measures to be taken. The Council shall act by qualified majority.

If, on expiry of a period of three months from referral of the matter to the Council, the latter has not acted, the proposed measures shall be adopted by the Commission.

The opinion shall be recorded in the minutes; in addition, each Member State shall have the right to ask to have its position recorded in the minutes. The minutes shall be forwarded to the European Parliament. The Commission shall take the utmost account of the opinion delivered by the committee and the remarks of the European Parliament. It shall inform the committee and the European Parliament of the manner in which their opinions have been taken into account.

(Amendment 11)
Article 9(1)

1. The procedure laid down in Article 8 shall apply to:

1. The procedure laid down in Article 8 shall apply to:

- the preparation and updating of the work programme referred to in Article 7;

- the preparation of the draft work programme referred to in Article 7(1) and of the draft of updates to the work programme;

- the determination of the content of calls for proposals;

- the determination of the content of calls for proposals;

- the specification of projects of common interest using the criteria laid down in Annex II;

- the establishment of recommendations for the projects of common interest to be identified by the Council and Parliament as referred to in Article 7(3) using the criteria laid down in Annex II;

- the determination of supplementary support and coordination actions;

- the determination of supplementary support and coordination actions;

- the measures to be taken to evaluate the implementation of the work programme on a financial and technical level.

- the measures to be taken to evaluate the implementation of the work programme on a financial and technical level.

(Amendment 12)
Article 11

Member States shall take all the means necessary to facilitate the implementation of the projects of common interest, in conformity with Community rules.

Member States shall take all measures required at national, regional or local level to facilitate and accelerate the implementation of the projects of common interest, in the respect of Community rules. The authorization procedures which may be necessary shall be achieved in the shortest delays.

(Amendment 13)
Annex I, introduction, second paragraph, first two indents

– The Applications layer, through which users interact with generic services and basic networks to meet their professional, educational and social needs. Applications require to be interoperable to bring the maximum benefit to users across the Community.

- The applications layer, through which users interact with generic services and basic networks to meet their professional, educational and social needs.

– The Generic Services layer, made up of compatible generic services and their management. Through support of the applications' common requirements, these services supplement applications whilst aiding their interoperability.

– The Generic Services layer, made up of compatible generic services and their management. Through support of the applications' common requirements, and by providing common tools for development and implementation of new applications, these services supplement applications whilst aiding their interoperability.

(Amendment 14)
Annex I, introduction, last sentence

The following sections define the spheres in which projects of common interest will be specified.

The following sections define the spheres in which projects of common interest will be identified.

(Throughout the annexes, the word "specify/ied" referring to the projects of common interest is to be replaced by "identify/ied"

(Amendment 15)
Annex I (1) introduction

The spheres in which applications projects of common interest will be specified are the following:

Applications will need to use local languages, except when they are designed for specific categories of professional users, and to be interoperable between themselves to bring the maximum benefit to the users across the Community. Where this can be applicable, they shall take into account the specific needs of women and of less developed or less populated regions. They must address the widest possible populations of users and demonstrate citizens' access to services of collective interest. For the benefit of disabled people, special requirements should be taken into account in the early stage of the planning of projects and with regard to access to services. An assessment of the social and societal impact of the introduction of the applications shall be carried out after they are deployed. The spheres in which applications projects of common interest will be identified are the following:

(Amendment 16)
Annex I (1), indent 2

– Distance education and training: Advanced distance education and training services should be made accessible to all individuals, schools, colleges and businesses. Centres should be set up and made remotely accessible across the Community in order to provide courseware and training services for SMEs, large companies, education systems, and public administrations. New approaches to professional training for the Information Society should be developed and promoted.

- Distance education and training: Advanced distance education and training services should be made accessible for all citizens, schools, colleges and businesses. Centers should be set up and made remotely accessible across Europe in order to provide courseware and training services for SMEs, large companies, education systems, and public administrations. New approaches to general, academic, professional and linguistic training should be developed and promoted as part of the transition towards the information society.

(Amendment 17)
Annex I(1), indent 4

– Transport Telematics: Full advantage should be taken of trans-European telecommunications networks to provide user-oriented services, in the domains of logistical support for transport industries and of the development of value added services, such as information services, integrated payment and reservation services, trip planning and route guidance, and freight and fleet management. In addition, transport telematics services in urban areas should be covered, taking into account standardization and interoperability requirements. The deployment of these services, based on advanced fixed and mobile telecommunications networks, should satisfy wherever applicable, the necessary complementarity with and the interoperability of the Trans-European Transport Networks.

- Transport telematics: Full advantage should be taken of trans-European telecommunications networks to provide user-oriented services, in the domains of logistical support for transport industries and of the development of value added services, such as information services, integrated payment and reservation services, trip planning and route guidance, and freight and fleet management. Integrated multimodal transport, non-motorized personal transport, public transport and environment-friendly modes shall be treated as a priority. In addition, transport telematics services in urban areas should be covered, taking into account standardization and interoperability requirements. The deployment of these services, based on advanced fixed and mobile telecommunications networks, should satisfy wherever applicable, the necessary complementarity with and the interoperability of the Trans-European Transport Networks.

(Amendment 18)
Annex I(1), indent 6

– Teleworking: The development of teleworking (in homes and satellite offices) supported by advance communication systems will help provide new forms of flexibility in terms of the place of work and the way work is organized. Through the decentralization of professional activities, teleworking can also help reduce the environmental consequences of daily commuting to population centres. Special attention should be paid to the social consequences of these applications.

- Teleworking: The development of teleworking in satellite offices and conceivably in homes supported by advanced communication systems will help provide new forms of flexibility in terms of the place of work and the way work is organised. Through the decentralisation of professional activities, teleworking can also help reduce the environmental consequences of daily commuting to population centres. Applications should be set up to allow for such developments while ensuring the preservation of workers' rights and preventing the risks of social isolation that could be involved with teleworking. Special attention should be paid to the evaluation of the social consequences of these applications.

(Amendment 19)
Annex I(1), indent 7a (new)

- Teleadministration: Development and improvement of communication in the sphere of public administration, so as to improve coordination between the public and private sectors and between the public sector and the citizens, and exchange of statistical and other information between national and Community administrations;

(Amendment 20)
Annex I(1), indent 12

– Cultural and linguistic heritage: Initiatives should be launched to foster the preservation of and access to the European cultural and artistic heritage, and to demonstrate the potential of the information infrastructure to support the development of local content in local languages and its dissemination.

- Cultural and linguistic heritage: Initiatives should be launched to foster the preservation of and access to the European cultural heritage and creation, and to demonstrate the potential of the information infrastructure to stimulate and enhance creative endeavours and achievements as well as to encourage local content and its dissemination.

(Amendment 21)
Annex I(1), indent 13

- Citizens' access to services: Applications demonstrating the possibilities of citizens' access to services of collective interest should be set up. Examples might include the establishment of kiosks and access points in public areas, and the use of smart cards and electronic wallets. For the benefit of disabled people, special requirements should be taken into account in the early stage of the planning of projects and with regard to access to services.

- delete

(Amendment 22)
Annex I(2), indent 1

– Implementation of operational trans-European generic services, which should include in particular electronic mail, file transfer systems, on-line access to electronic data bases, and video services. As there is an urgent need for these trans-European generic services, they will use existing or emerging networks, fixed or mobile, and user access. They should include service elements operating at Community scale, such as directories, exchange rate compensation, authentication, data protection and information security, trans-European "kiosk" and network navigational aids, etc.

- Implementation of operational trans-European generic services: They should include in particular electronic mail, file transfer systems, on-line access to electronic data bases, and video services. As there is an urgent need for these trans-European generic services, they will use existing or emerging networks, fixed or mobile, and user access. They should include service elements operating at Community scale, such as directories, exchange rate compensation, authentication, data protection and information security, especially preservation and remuneration of intellectual property, trans-European "kiosk" and network navigational aids, payment facilities, access points in public areas, systems enabling the use of smart cards and electronic wallets, etc.

(Amendment 23)
Annex I(2), indent 2

– Progressive extension of the generic services towards a multimedia environment. These services will offer end-users access to multimedia services, and might cover, but should not be limited to, multi-media mail, high speed file transfer and video services, including Video-on-Demand. Use of these multimedia services by business and residential users should be encouraged, as well as the integration of new service elements such as automatic translation, speech recognition, graphical user interfaces.

– Progressive extension of the generic services towards a multimedia environment. These services will offer end-users access to multimedia services, and might cover, but should not be limited to, multi-media mail, high speed file transfer and video services, including Video-on-Demand. Use of these multimedia services by business and residential users should be encouraged, as well as the integration of new service elements such as automatic translation, speech recognition, graphical user interfaces, intelligent agents and tools for user interaction and personalization.

(Amendment 24)
Annex I (2), indent 3

– Introduction of non-proprietary digital signature as a basis for open service provision and mobility of use: Generic services will rely on a large number of complementary and competing service-providers. Open service provision and mobility of use will be of key importance and require electronic names (digital signatures) to be generally available and supported.

- Introduction of non-proprietary digital signature as a basis for open service provision and mobility of use: Generic services will rely on a large number of complementary and competing services providers. Open Service Provision and mobility of use, protection and remuneration of intellectual property, provision of an alternative to conventional physical authentication methods and electronic payments will be of key importance and require digital signatures (electronic names or anonymous authentication systems) to be generally available and supported.u

(Amendment 25)
Annex I(4), indent 5

– Coordination of the activities undertaken under this Decision with related Community and national programmes.

– Coordination between the activities undertaken under this Decision, related Community programmes and similar national programmes.

(Amendment 26)
Annex II - Title

CRITERIA FOR THE SPECIFICATION OF PROJECTS OF COMMON INTEREST

CRITERIA FOR THE IDENTIFICATION AND SPECIFICATION OF PROJECTS OF COMMON INTEREST

(Amendment 27)
Annex II, 1st paragraph

The specification of projects of common interest among the projects presented by interested sector actors in response to a call for proposals as mentioned in Article 7 is made on the basis of their compliance with the objectives and priorities laid down in Articles 2 and 3 respectively.

The specification of projects of common interest among the projects presented by interested sector actors in response to a call for proposals as mentioned in Article 7 is made on the basis of their compliance with the objectives and priorities laid down in Articles 2 and 3 respectively. These projects must be transnational in the sense that they shall be conceived to satisfy needs existing in several member States and to be implemented in several member States. This does not prevent the initial phase of their deployment designed to check the technical and commercial viability of the project from being carried out in a single member State, if it appears that the conditions prevailing in this member State are representative of those existing in the other member States where the project should ultimately be implemented.

(1)OJ C 47, 19.02.1996, p. 11 and 15.
(2)OJ C 302, 14.11.1995, p.23.
(3)OJ

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