BEREC is the amalgamation of the European Telecom Regulators. It advises the European Union and monitors the telecommunications market. We are represented in all working groups.
TheCOCOM supports the European Commission in matters of telecommunications. This committee consists of representatives from ministries and national regulatory authorities (NRA). It is part of the comitology procedure in which the European Commission's implementing acts are voted on.
Regulations, guidelines and decisions at EU level are prepared by Council's Working Parties, which are made up of representatives from the EU member states.
Upon invitation, we support the BMF on issues that affect the competencies of the regulatory authorities. This is done by preparing written statements and participating in the meetings.
The EaP aims to improve connectivity and economy in six eastern EU neighbors: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. We support this goal with our expertise to facilitate their alignment with the European Union.
EMERG monitors developments in the field of electronic communications in the Mediterranean countries. The group supports the approximation to the regulatory framework of the EU. Members are not only neighboring countries, but also BEREC members like us.
The IRG serves its almost three dozen members primarily as a platform for opinion-forming, for open discussions, the exchange of experience and the transfer of knowledge on a wide variety of telecommunication regulation topics. For example, the IRG organizes workshops that train junior and senior experts from the regulatory authorities.
The ITU is a specialized agency of the United Nations that deals with technical aspects of telecommunications worldwide. There is a subdivision into the areas of radio, telecommunications and development aid. At the ITU, we observe the topics of telecommunications and frequencies.
The central task within the OECD is the development of a common understanding of economic policy measures and the promotion of international cooperation. At the request of the Federal Chancellery, we represent Austria in the OECD within the framework of the “Working Party on Communication Infrastructures and Services Policy” (WP CISP).
In the advisory body of the European Commission RSPG topics relating to frequencies are discussed and Europe-wide harmonization is sought.
Meetings on postal matters are also held as part of the Council's Working Party "Telecommunications and Information Society". You can find more about it above under Telecommunications.
As an independent national regulatory authority, we are a member of the ERGP. There we support and advise the European Commission in the field of postal services together with other member states.
This applies, for example, to the consolidation of the internal market, issues relating to postal services within its competence and in relation to the development of the internal market and the consistent application of the legal framework in all Member States.
We are also working in the course of the ERGP to carry out extensive and early consultations with market participants, consumers and end-users, which should be carried out in an open and transparent manner in agreement with the Commission.
The security and integrity of networks and services is the task of ENISA. It supports and advises the European Commission and the member states on questions of network and information security, on the further development and application of EU's legislation, and on the prevention and management of significant security incidents.
From 2018 to 2022, we headed the ENISA working group on Article 19 of the eIDAS Regulation, which regulates the obligation to report security incidents. The working group is now called the "ECATS Expert Group", which we will chair until 2024.
The supervisory bodies of both the EU and EEA states as well as the applicants for an EU membership meet in the FESA. The forum is designed to facilitate cooperation and exchange of information, but also to ensure mutual support and agreement on best practices.