Report on BEREC International Mission to China

Document number: BoR (15) 76
Document date: 25.05.2015
Date of registration: 25.05.2015
Document type: Reports
Author: BEREC Chair

In spite of its primary focus being on the European market, it has become increasingly difficult to overlook the fact that, within the limits of its remit, BEREC needs to engage in dialogue with NRAs outside the EU, international regulator networks, policymakers and stakeholders.Given the ever increasing volume of electronic communications flowing in and out of the EU and the global nature of most developments, policies, legislation and regulations have to be seen under a more global perspective.

Hence, BEREC will need to closely follow global trends in technology and changing business models, so that it retains its capacity to swiftly and effectively address challenges as they arise.Furthermore, regions outside the EU and non-EU regulators’ networks alike have expressed their interest in the European regulatory approach. This could lead to an approximation between regulatory framework policies, which would ultimately promote competition, investment and improve social well-being.In this context, the BEREC Chair and Vice-Chairs carried out this year’s International Mission in China.

The 6-day visit took place from 20 to 25 April 2015.The responsibility for hosting the trip to China was delegated to Marc Furrer (ComCom), who was in charge of, through the EU delegation in Beijing, but mostly through the Swiss Embassy in China and the Swiss Consulate in Guangzhou and Hong Kong, taking care of all of the preparations, including scheduling, support and travel arrangements. The meeting with the regulatory authority in Macau was organised by ANACOM. The programme was entirely fulfilled, yet the BEREC delegation was unable to meet with the three main Chinese telecom providers, due to the fact that they were under an anticorruption inspection by the Government. During the visit, the delegation met with a multitude of government officials, stakeholders, academics and scholars.

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