BEREC events 2015

Public debriefing from the 22nd BEREC plenary

Event date: 04.03.2015

On 4 March 2015 in Brussels BEREC presented the results from its 22nd plenary meeting, which took place on 26 and 27 February 2015 in Bern (Switzerland) and the BEREC public Workshop on Oligopoly Analysis and Regulation which took place on 25 February 2015 prior to the plenaries.

The BEREC Chair 2015, Prof. Fatima Barros, informed the participants of the debriefing on major concerns on Digital Single market the participants of the Plenary have raised, among them:
-  high speed broadband availability for the rural and sparsely populated areas;
-  framework, that ensures the consumers to engage with digital services with more confidence;
-  emerging completion and the consumer rights.

The Administrative Manager of the BEREC Office, Lazslo Igneczi, presented the new approach to more transparent communication, presenting the tools the BEREC office use for communication. In order to emphasize the BEREC commitments to increase the transparency, for the first time the public debriefing was live streamed and the videos will be later available also on BEREC Youtube channel.

As the BEREC 22nd Plenary meeting was preceded by a public workshop to discuss the emergence of oligopolies in both fixed and mobile markets, and consider whether existing regulatory tools are adequate to address the potential for “collective dominance”, during the public debriefing Jorge Infante Gonzales (Co-Chair of the BEREC Market and Economic Analysis Expert Working Group) presented the major issues on the question in matter.

A draft BEREC report on oligopoly is expected be approved by the BEREC 23rd Plenary Meeting in Bergen (Norway) on 6 June 2015, which will be published for public conultation. The final Report is due in December 2015.