According to Regulation (EC) № 1211/2009 the BEREC Office comprises:
The Office is managed by the Administrative Manager and according to its establishment plan has 27 staff members, including the Administrative Manager.
THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
According to the founding Regulation, the Management Committee (MC) is composed of one member per EU Member State and one member representing the Commission. The NRAs are represented either by the Head or by a nominated high level representative of the independent NRA established in each Member State with primary responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the markets for electronic communications networks and services. The main tasks of the MC are:
Functioning of the Office
- to adopt its Rules of Procedure
- to prepare the work programme of the Office;
- to draw an annual report on the activity of the Office together with a statement of assurance;
- to supervise the adoption of internal administrative instructions for the functioning of the Office by the Administrative Manager;
- to support the work of the Expert Working Groups;
Budget and financial issues
- to draw up financial rules applicable to the Office;
- to approve the Office budget;
- to give an opinion on the final accounts of the Office;
- to appoint the Administrative Manager with the possibility of extending term of his office;
- to supervise the implementation of the budget by the administrative manager;
- to provide guidance to the Administrative Manager in execution of his tasks;
- to be responsible for the appointment of staff;
- to adopt implementing measures in accordance with the Staff Regulation;
- to adopt provisions to allow Seconded National Experts (SNEs) to be appointed on secondment to the Office;
- together with the Administrative Manager, to propose the number of staff of the Office and, if necessary, to increase the number of staff.
THE ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER
The current Administrative Manager of the BEREC Office is Mr László Ignéczi.
The Administrative Manager is responsible for heading the BEREC Office. He is accountable to the BEREC Office Management Committee who appointed him through an open competition, on the basis of his merits, his skills and experience relevant to the electronic communications networks and services.
The Administrative Manager’s term of office is three years.
The Administrative Manager’s main tasks are the following:
- to ensure the functioning of the Office in accordance with the BEREC Regulation and to implement the internal control standards;
- to implement the budget of the Office under the supervision of the Management Committee;
- to supervise the implementation of the Annual Work Programme of the Office under the guidance of the Board of Regulators;
- to assist the Management Committee in preparing the BEREC Office Work Programme and the annual activity report of the Office;
- to assist the BoR in preparing the annual activity report of BEREC activities;
- to participate in consultative capacity in the work of the Board of Regulators and the Management Committee.
Mr László Ignéczi
Before being appointed as Administrative manager of the BEREC Office, Mr László Ignéczi was a diplomat at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in Brussels for more than 5 years.
He was responsible for information society issues, audio-visual matters, space policy and postal services: he represented Hungary in the respective Council Working Groups; liaising with Commission services and European Parliament groups. Particularly, he chaired, among the others, the Telecommunication Working Group during the Hungarian presidency in 2011.
Beforehand, he served in the Hungarian national administration. At the Ministry of Economy and Transport he managed the EU affairs of electronic communication, information society and postal services as a deputy Head of Department. In the Ministry for Information and Communications, as Director General for Communications Regulation, he was responsible for the national legislation and for contribution to the EU proceedings.At the beginning of his career, he worked in the private sector in the electronic communication area for a decade. In his different managerial positions he was deeply involved in launching and running a Local Telecom Operator, in preparing the market entry of a nation-wide alternative telecom service provider and in market consolidation through acquisitions and mergers.
BEREC OFFICE STRUCTURE
PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES
In compliance with Article 23 of the BEREC Regulation the BEREC Office and its staff members enjoy all rights accorded to them by the Protocol № 7 on the Privileges and Immunities of the EU).
In the territory of each EU Member State, incl. the host country – the Republic of Latvia, whatever their nationality, the BEREC Office staff enjoy the following rights:
(a) immunity from legal proceedings during their tenure of office and afterwards;
(b) together with their spouses and dependent members of their families, not be subject to immigration restrictions or to formalities for the registration of aliens;
(c) in respect of currency or exchange regulations, be accorded the same facilities as are customarily accorded to officials of international organisations;
(d) enjoy the right to import free of duty their furniture and effects at the time of first taking up their post in the host country, and the right to re-export free of duty their furniture and effects, on termination of their duties in that country;
(e) have the right to import free of duty a motor car for their personal use, etc.
The BEREC Office and its staff members have been accorded additional privileges and immunities by the Seat Agreement with the Republic of Latvia, which entered into force on 5 August 2011.