Overview: BEREC Guidelines following the EECC
    About BEREC
    Work Programme
    Working Groups
    DMA High Level Group

    Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications 

    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.

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    BEREC's Chair

    Tonko Obuljen from the Crotation regulator HAKOM chairs BEREC in 2024. 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 also regularly before the plenary sessions to discuss current topics on the telecommunications markets and to ensure the implementation of the Work Programme.

    Mini Board 2024
    ChairTonko ObuljenKroatien (HAKOM)
    Incoming ChairRobert MourikIrland (ComReg)
    Outgoing ChairKonstantinos MasselosGriechenland (EETT)
    Vice ChairPatrícia Silva Gonçalves
    Portugal (ANACOM)
    Vice ChairLaure de La Raudière
    Frankreich (ARCEP)
    Vice ChairHrafnkell V. Gíslason
    Island (ECOI)

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    A Strategy for Europe

    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:

    • Promoting connectivity and access to, and take-up of, very high capacity networks;
    • Promoting competition and efficient investment;
    • Contributing to the development of the internal market;
    • Promoting the interests of the citizens of the Union.

    BEREC set itself three high-level goals derived from this:

    • Promoting full connectivity;
    • Supporting sustainable and open digital markets;
    • Empowering end-users.

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    Work Programme 2024

    The BEREC Strategy 2021 to 2025 with its three strategic priorities "Enhancing Connectivity", "Digital Markets" and "End Users" sets the direction in the current BEREC Work Programme 2024

    It contains a total of 46 tasks. 13 topics are assigned to the strategic priority of promoting full connectivity. These include 5G networks, network resilience, satellite communication, the Digital Decade Policy Programme, remedies and infrastructure

    Ten topics can be found under the strategic priority of promoting sustainable and open digital markets. These include a measurement tool for the open internet, the implementation of the Data Act, empowerment of national regulatory authorities and challenges in the area of sustainability.

    Four topics can be found within the strategic priority of empowering end users. These are three carry-overs from the previous year and a BEREC opinion on Article 123 of the EECC. Article 123 introduces a specific review procedure for end user rights, where BEREC publishes and assesses an opinion on market and technological developments in relation to the different types of electronic communications services.

    19 common topics or topics foreseen in the regulatory framework can also be found in the 2024 work programme as well as a concluding chapter with proposals for 2025 or beyond.

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    Working Groups

    The tasks of the Work Programme are distributed among the different Working Groups. The work for 2024 is assigned to the respective Working Groups according to the list below.

    Working GroupDeliverable 2024
    Fixed Network Evolution (FNE)Update of criterion 3 of the BEREC Guidelines on very high capacity networks
    BEREC Progress Report on managing copper network switch-off
    Market and Economic Analysis (MEA)Report on the regulation of physical infrastructure access
    Workshop on ex ante regulatory experience concerning commitments, wholesale-only undertakings and commercial agreements review
    Report on the design, enforcement and monitoring of remedies in subnational markets with multiple SMP operators
    Digital Markets (DM)BEREC contribution to the implementation of the Digital Markets Act 
    BEREC Report on the entry of large content and application providers into the markets for electronic communications networks and services (carry-over)
    BEREC internal workshop on the implementation of the Digital Services Act
    BEREC contribution to the implementation of the Data Act
    Open Internet (OI)Implementation of the Open Internet Regulation and the BEREC Open Internet Guidelines
    Collaboration on net neutrality measurement tools 
    BEREC Report on the IP Interconnection ecosystem (carry-over)
    End User (EU)BEREC Opinion on Article 123 EECC 
    BEREC Report on Member States’ best practices to support the defining of adequate broadband Internet access service (carry-over)
    BEREC Guidelines detailing Quality of Service (QoS) parameters (carry-over)
    Regulatory Framework (RF)Ad hoc input to the EU/NRAs 
    BEREC opinion on the national implementation and functioning of the general authorisation regime
    BEREC report on national experiences of the implementation of the EECC (carry-over) + External Workshop
    BEREC Report on the authorisation and related framework for international connectivity
    infrastructures (carry over)
    Inventory of the evolution of NRAs’ competencies
    International Roaming (ROAM)International roaming benchmark data and monitoring Report
    Update of BEREC retail Guidelines on the Roaming Regulation
    Intra-EU communications Benchmark Report
    Ukraine monitoring report
    Update BEREC Intra-EU communications Guidelines
    BEREC Opinion about the functioning of the Roaming Regulation 
    BEREC Report on M2M and permanent roaming (carry-over)
    Remedies and Market Monitoring (RAMM)Article 32/33 Phase II process 
    Implementation report on the BEREC Guidelines on Geographical surveys of network
    WACC parameters’ calculation according to the EC Notice
    Report on regulatory accounting in practice
    Report on Connectivity Indicators for the Digital Decade Policy Programme
    Workshop on economic replicability test practices in the context of art. 61.3 of the EECC
    Wireless Network Evolution (WNE)Peer review process and engaging with RSPG
    BEREC Report on the evolution of private and public 5G networks in the Europe
    BEREC External workshop about the usage of satellite technologies in mobile communications
    Planning and Future Trends (PFT)BEREC Strategies beyond 2025
    BEREC Report on cloud services and edge computing (carry-over)
    BEREC workshop on the perspectives and regulatory/competition challenges of Internet of Things (carry-over)
    Digital Radar 
    Cybersecurity (CS)Ad-hoc work on cybersecurity related matters
    Safety and security opportunities and challenges for networks resilience
    Sustainability (SUS)Ad hoc on sustainability
    BEREC report on empowering end-users through environmental transparency on digital products and services (carry-over)  + Workshop
    BEREC Workshop on telecom regulators role in the development and implementation of sustainability indicators in the ICT sector
    Report on Infrastructure sharing as a lever for ECN/ECS environmental sustainability

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    DMA High Level Group

    The Digital Markets Act (DMA) stipulates a High Level Group to advise and assist the European Commission in the enforcement of the DMA. Six organisations make up this group and each sends up to six people. BEREC is among them, sending its Mini Board plus one other representative. In an election among BEREC members, our Executive Director Klaus M. Steinmaurer won this position. He is now the sixth BEREC representative in the DMA High Level Group.

    The six bodies and networks sending represantitves to the DMA High Level Group are:

    • BEREC - Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications;
    • EDPS - European Data Protection Supervisor;
    • EDPB - European Data Protection Board;
    • ECN - European Competition Network;
    • CPC - Consumer Protection Cooperation Network;
    • ERGA - European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services. 

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