With BEREC, the EU brings all European regulatory authorities and neighboring observers to one independent table working on electronic communications. Here we learn from each other using "best practices", implement them harmonized across Europe and advise the legislator with expertise.
This expertise is nourished by the large pool of experts from the member states. They come together in working groups and deal with important issues in order to move Europe forward. These topics build on the BEREC strategy in the medium term and on the BEREC work programme in the short term.
Michel Van Bellinghen from the Belgian regulator BIPT chairs BEREC in 2021. Chair and Vice-Chairs are elected annually for the following year. Together they form the Mini Board.
One of the three additional Vice-Chairs is provided by the countries with observer status at BEREC. The Vice-Chairs support the Troika (Chair, Incoming and Outgoing Chair) in their strategic work. Usually each Vice-Chair is responsible for a specific topic.
The Mini Board meets twice a year and regularly before the plenary sessions to discuss current topics on the telecommunications markets and to ensure the implementation of the Work Programme.
|Chair||Michel Van Bellinghen||Belgium (BIPT)|
|Incoming Chair||Annemarie Sipkes||The Netherlands (ACM)|
|Outgoing Chair||Dan Sjöblom||Sweden (PTS)|
|Vice Chair||Alejandra Iturriaga de Gandini||Spain (CNMC)|
|Vice Chair||Jesmond Bugeja||Malta (MCA)|
|Vice Chair||Rainer Schnepfleitner||Liechtenstein (AK)|
The current BEREC strategy is valid for the years 2021 to 2025. It therefore runs parallel to the legislative periods of the European Commission in order to make BEREC's work more effective. The strategy itself follows the five priorities from the EECC:
BEREC set itself three high-level goals derived from this:
In the current BEREC Work Programme the major topics are the promotion of connectivity, digital markets and end customers. In detail, BEREC will continue to promote the introduction of fiber optics and 5G. In addition, the EECC is still in focus. In this second phase, after the guidelines have been published, the focus is on the observation of developments that result from the implementation of the EECC. This is, for example, the evaluation of future technological developments as well as market developments, in particular in connection with end-user regulations in the area of electronic communication and the digital ecosystem.
The tasks of the Work Programme are distributed among the different Working Groups. The work for 2021 is assigned to the respective Working Groups according to the list below.
|Working Group||Deliverables 2021|
|End User (EU)||BEREC study on consumer behaviour and attitudes towards Digital Platforms|
|BEREC Report on how to handle third-party payment charges on mobile phone bills (carry-over)|
|BEREC Opinion on the market and technological developments and on their impact on the application of rights of end-users in the EECC|
|Fixed Network Evolution (FNE)||BEREC Report on a consistent approach to migration and copper switch-off|
|BEREC Opinion on the review of the BCRD|
|BEREC Input to the European Commission regarding the evaluation and potential review of the EU State Aid Guidelines|
|Market and Economic Analysis (MEA)||BEREC Report on regulatory treatment for backhaul|
|BEREC Report on digital platforms - Market & Economic analysis (carry-over)|
|BEREC Report on the internet value chain|
|Open Internet (OI)||BEREC Report on the implementation of the Open Internet Regulation|
|Collaboration on the Net Neutrality Measurement tools and evolution of the regulatory assessment methodology|
|Update to the BEREC Net Neutrality Regulatory Assessment Methodology|
|Planning and Future Trends (PFT)||Report on the way forward regarding regulatory key issues identified in the first path finder Report in the impact of 5G on regulation and the role of regulation in enabling the 5G ecosystem|
|BEREC’s medium-term strategy for international cooperation|
|BEREC’s medium-term strategy for relations with other institutions|
|External Workshop on the impact of 5G regulation (carry over) to be held in Q1/Q2 2021|
|BEREC Work Programme 2022|
|Regulatory Framework (RF)||BEREC Opinion on the national implementation and functioning of the general authorisation, and on their impact on the functioning of the internal market|
|Report on the COVID-19 crisis – lessons learned regarding communications networks for a resilient society|
|Post COVID measures to close the digital divide - BEREC study|
|Stock-taking on the national experiences of the implementation of the EECC - Internal Workshop, to be held in Q4 2021|
|Remedies (REM)||BEREC Opinion on the Review of the Access recommendations|
|Internal Report on the applicability of BEREC’s Guidelines for the elaboration of Opinions in Phase II cases|
|Internal workshop on Art. 32/33 EECC procedures|
|BEREC Regulatory Accounting in Practice Report 2021|
|BEREC Report on WACC parameters 2021|
|Roaming (IR)||BEREC International Roaming Benchmark Data Report|
|BEREC Report on transparency and comparability of international roaming tariffs|
|Ad hoc work – Inputs to the review of the Roaming Regulation and any other legislative proposal of the European Commission on roaming|
|BEREC input on the weighted average of maximum mobile termination rates across the EU|
|BEREC Benchmark Data Report on Intra-EU communication|
|Statistics and Indicators (SAI)||BEREC Report to enable comparable national broadband coverage indicators throughout Europe|
|BEREC Report on the harmonised collection of data regarding OTT services, relevant to electronic communication markets (carry-over)|
|BEREC Guidelines on the consistent implementation of the obligations established in Art 22(2), 22(3) and 22(4) of the EECC (carry-over)|
|BEREC Report on termination rates at European level|
|Wireless Network Evolution (WNE)||Workshop on NRA experiences with 5G|
|Workshop on EMF – How BEREC can best promote science-based EMF exposure limits recommended by experts|
|Peer Review Forum for experts to discuss and exchange views on draft national measures related to internal market procedures for radio spectrum|
|Ad-hoc Sustainability (SUS)||BEREC study regarding NRA’s potential to impact sustainability – to be delivered by Q3 2021|
|BEREC Report identifying areas of regulatory intervention available to NRAs to maximise their positive contribution on the environment|
|BEREC Report summarising conclusions from the internal workshop on sustainability|
|Ad-hoc 5G Cybersecurity (5GCS)||BEREC Internal Report on economic/further aspects of the 5G Toolbox multi-vendor strategy implementation|