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    About BEREC
    Work Programme
    Working Groups

    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

    Annemarie Sipkes from the Dutch regulator ACM chairs BEREC in 2022. 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 2022
    ChairAnnemarie SipkesThe Netherlands (ACM)
    Incoming ChairKonstantinos MasselosGreece (EETT)
    Outgoing ChairMichel Van BellinghenBelgium (BIPT)
    Vice ChairKlaus M. SteinmaurerAustria (RTR)
    Vice ChairEmmanuel GablaFrance (ARCEP)
    Vice ChairPål Wien EspenNorway (Nkom)

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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 2022

    In the current BEREC Work Programme, the big topics are the expansion of connectivity, digital markets and end customers. These include 5G, the use of satellites and open radio access networks (RANs). Also this year, it is important for BEREC to observe the developments from the implementation of the EECC. This is for example the assessment of future technological developments as well as market developments, especially related to end-user regulations in the field of electronic communications and the digital ecosystem. In the "Working Groups" section below you will find the exact deliverables for this.

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    Working Groups

    The tasks of the Work Programme are distributed among the different Working Groups. The work for 2022 is assigned to the respective Working Groups according to the list below.

    Working GroupDeliverables 2022
    End User (EU)BEREC Opinion on Article 123 (as requested)
    Report on best practices for ensuring equivalence of access and choice for disabled end-users
    Report on comparison tools and accreditation
    BEREC Heads’ workshop on digital divide
    Workshop on the application of rights of end-users in the EECC 
    Fixed Network Evolution (FNE)BEREC Response to the public consultation on the draft revised EC Guidelines on State aid for broadband networks 
    BEREC Report on migration and copper switch-off (carry-over)
    BEREC Report on competition amongst multiple operators of NGA-networks in the same geographical region
    Market and Economic Analysis (MEA)BEREC Report(s) / Opinion(s) on effective enforcement of the regulatory intervention on digital gatekeepers (as required)
    BEREC Report on regulatory treatment for backhaul
    Report on internet ecosystems
    External study on evolution of business services 
    Open Internet (OI)Update to the BEREC Guidelines on the Implementation of the Open Internet Regulation 
    Update to the BEREC Net Neutrality Regulatory Assessment Methodology
    BEREC Report on the implementation of the Open Internet Regulation
    Planning and Future Trends (PFT)Work Programme 2023
    Report on the 5G value chain (Consultation 2022)
    Report on the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions in the telecommunications sector on regulation  (Consultation 2022)
    Regulatory Framework (RF)BEREC Opinion to the European Commission pursuant to Article 109(8) EECC (as requested by the EC)
    Ad hoc input to the EU institutions and NRAs on the implementation of the EECC and the BEREC Regulation (as required)
    BEREC Study on NRAs’ institutional features and relevant BEREC evaluations
    VAS database (dependent on legislative procedure)
    Emergency database (dependent on legislative procedure)
    Remedies (REM)BEREC Opinion on the review of the Access Recommendations
    BEREC Report on WACC parameters 2022
    Regulatory Accounting in practice Report 2022
    Roaming (IR)28th BEREC international Roaming Benchmark Data Report
    BEREC retail Guidelines on the Roaming Regulation
    BEREC wholesale Guidelines on the Roaming Regulation
    3rd Intra-EU communications Benchmark Report
    Statistics and Indicators (SAI)Report on the monitoring of the termination rates for mobile and fixed voice calls
    Report on the business and revenue models of NI-ICS and update on NRAs data collection practices on NI-ICS
    Workshops to share experience on the implementation of Article 22 EECC
    Wireless Network Evolution (WNE)External workshop on Open RAN
    Report on satellite connectivity for universal service
    Ad-hoc Sustainability (SUS)BEREC Report assessing BEREC’s contribution to limiting the impact of electronic communications networks on the environment
    Workshop and call for input on indicators to measure environmental impact of ECNs/ECSs
    Ad-hoc 5G Cybersecurity (5GCS)BEREC ad-hoc reports on network security and cybersecurity (as required)

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