BEREC Work Programme 2019
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.
According to Article 21 of the BEREC Regulation, the BEREC Board of Regulators shall, after consulting interested parties, adopt the annual work programme of BEREC before the end of each year preceding that to which the work programme relates. The Board of Regulators shall transmit the annual work programme to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission as soon as it is adopted. BEREC aims to ensure the independent, consistent and high-quality application of the European regulatory framework for electronic communications for the benefit of Europe and its citizens. The objectives of the BEREC Work Programme 2019 are certainly based on the mandatory tasks falling to BEREC in light of the new European Electronic Communications Code (EECC), but also fundamentally on the BEREC Medium-Term Strategy 2018-2020, with a keen focus on the following five strategic priorities:
- responding to connectivity challenges and to new conditions for access to high-capacity networks;
- monitoring potential bottlenecks in the distribution of digital services;
- enabling 5G and promoting innovation in network technologies;
- fostering the consistent application of the net neutrality principles; and
- exploring new ways to boost consumer empowerment.