What is BEREC?
“Committed to ensure independent, consistent, high-quality application of the European regulatory framework for electronic communications markets for the benefit of Europe and its citizens.”
BEREC contributes to the development and better functioning of the internal market for electronic communications networks and services. It does so, by aiming to ensure a consistent application of the EU regulatory framework and by aiming to promote an effective internal market in telecoms sector, in order to bring even greater benefits to consumers and businesses alike.
Furthermore, BEREC assists the Commission and the national regulatory authorities (NRAs) in implementing the EU regulatory framework for electronic communications. It provides advice on request and on its own initiative to the European institutions and complements at European level the regulatory tasks performed at national level by the NRAs.
The NRAs and the Commission have to take utmost account of any opinion, recommendation, guidelines, advice or regulatory best practice adopted by BEREC.
The latest BEREC strategy 2021-2025 covers a period of five years, instead of three. This extended period enables better alignment with the legislative cycle of the European Commission, objectives and new priorities set out by the President von der Leyen for the period of 2019 -2024.
BEREC will plan its multi-annual work around the four strategic objectives of the European Electronic Communication Code (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.
In the planning process, BEREC will give a special consideration to the three high-level strategic priorities.
- Promoting full connectivity
BEREC will prioritize work that improves generally the conditions for the expansion and take-up of secure, competitive and reliable high-capacity networks (both fixed and wireless) across Europe and ensures a smooth transition from legacy infrastructures.
- Supporting sustainable and open digital markets
BEREC will prioritize work that relates to the functioning of digital markets, namely focusing on exploring conditions and addressing issues regarding digital service providers and end-users in the digital market.
- Empowering end-users
BEREC will continue its work in promoting choice and empowerment for end-users by prioritizing work to build trust in ICT and digital services, and to enable and result in better-informed choices by consumers.
BEREC will revisit its strategic priorities over the course of the period to ensure the relevance and alignment of the Strategy with future developments.
The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) was established by Regulation (EU) 2018/1971 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018. The new Regulation replaces the previous one - Regulation (EC) No 1211/2009 which was part of the Telecom Reform package. It replaced the European Regulators Group for electronic communications networks and services which was established as an advisory group to the Commission in 2002.
The Telecom reform package is replaced by the Directive (EU) 2018/1972 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 establishing the European Electronic Communications Code. It establishes a significant number of new tasks for BEREC such as issuing guidelines on several topics, reporting on technical matters, keeping registers, lists or databases and delivering opinions on internal market procedures for draft national measures on market regulation. Overall, the Code aims to create an internal market for electronic communications within the EU while ensuring a high level of investment, innovation and consumer protection through enhanced competition.
BEREC commenced its activities in January 2010. In the course of 2011 it became fully functional and ready to fulfil all its assignments as required by the current regulatory framework.
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