ABOUT THE NETWORK

The EaPeReg Network - Eastern Partnership (EaP - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) Electronic Communications Regulators Network, is an independent platform of National Regulatory Authorities for Electronic Communications Networks and Services which was established on the Plenary Session which took place on 11 September 2012 in Moldova, where the Memorandum of Understanding of the Eastern Partnership Regulators Network was approved. The main objective of the project is to contribute to the social and economic development of partner countries by supporting the development of their electronic communications markets through a strengthened long-term cooperation between the EU and the EaP countries in this area.  In the timeframe 1 January 2013 – 31 December 2014, the EaP Electronic Communications Regulators Network benefited from a technical assistance project funded by the EU. Starting January 2015, EaPeReg continued its work by its own efforts regarding the organizational issues and preparation of the content of the documents/benchmarking studies/proposals/positions of the network, being financial supported by EC through EU level programmes (e.g. the European Neighbourhood Instrument East – ENI East).
The Network is currently functioning under the EaP Panel on the Harmonisation of Digital Markets (the "HDM Panel") and the new EU4Digital programme implementation initiative.

 

NETWORK BACKGROUND

The importance of electronic communications has increased with the development of  a knowledge based society. The reform of the sector has become a prerequisite for delivering universal, affordable, high-quality services that will stimulate future economic growth. Furthermore, the liberalisation of the electronic communications sector brings positive social benefits to society as a whole.

Cooperation in Information Society is essential for sustainable economic and social development in the EaP region as well. This is the reason why Information Society is among the priorities of the European Neighborhood Policy Action Plans established with each ENP Partner country, and the budget for the corresponding activities has been earmarked in the Regional Strategy Paper (2007-2013). Cooperation in Information Society has been declared essential in order to contribute to sustainable economic and social development in the EaP region.

In view of the differences in market structure and regulatory approaches across the region, the NRAs recognised in the Memorandum of Understanding that more harmonisation of the principles of their frameworks will contribute to creating a level playing field and increase regulatory predictability. This will promote investment and leverage national development efforts, which will have positive socioeconomic impacts on the electronic communications sectors. Regional cooperation of the regulators is an efficient way to facilitate these developments.

In line with the objectives of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Communication of 2008  and the recent Joint Communication on an Eastern Partnership Roadmap, the Regulatory Authorities for Electronic Communications Networks and Services in the Eastern Partnership region have joined forces to set up a network with the aim of facilitating and strengthening cooperation in the field of electronic communications.

The EaP Regulators and a number of EU regulators have already participated and have been active in technical workshops, organised under platform 4 of the Eastern Partnership. The first such workshop was held at the initiative and with the support of the European Commission and the Austrian Regulator, RTR, in Vienna in October 2010. A second workshop organised at the initiative and with the support of the European Commission and the Lithuanian Regulator, RRT, was held in Trakai at the end of June 2011. The last meeting was held in November 2011 in Barcelona, bringing together the EaP regulators as well as the members of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) and REGULATEL. During these workshops, the interest of participants for a deeper and more formalised cooperation became evident. The creation of a network of electronic regulators from the EaP region and the EU was supported by the European Union institutions, the Eastern Partnership regulators, as well as the regulators of the European Union Member States present at the Plenary Session which took place on 11 September 2012 in Moldova, where the Memorandum of Understanding of the Eastern Partnership Regulators Network was approved.

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The 15th plenary meeting of the EaPeReg Network

The 15th plenary meeting of the EaPeReg Network (Eastern Partnership Electronic Communications Regulators Network) was held in an online format on July 2, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 15th Plenary meeting of EaPeReg, initially intended to take place in Baku (Azerbaijan) on May 7, 2020, was postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak. Later, it was decided to organize a virtual Plenary Meeting on July 2, 2020. Organizational support for the meeting was provided by Cecoforma with the financial support of the European Commission.

The event was attended by 40 participants - representatives of telecommunication regulatory bodies from 17 countries (6 Eastern Partnership countries and EU MS incl.: Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Ireland, Hungary) and the representatives of the International Telecommunication Union, the European Commission, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications, as well as by the representatives of the World Bank Group and EU4Digital experts from E&Y.

The main goal of the plenary meeting was to discuss the following topics:

  • Assessment of EaPeReg work in the first half of 2020
  • EaPeReg 2020 activities and external cooperation
  • EWGs (IRB EWG, REWG, SEWG) reports
  • Presentation of the EU4Digital Facility experts on project activities
  • Information regarding HDM Panel and Ministerial Meeting
  • Future development of EaPeReg website
  • Establishment of permanent office of EaPeReg
  • Information concerning next plenary meeting

The event was moderated by Ms. Ulkar Sadigova, the representative of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies (MTCHT) of Azerbaijan.

The EaPeReg Chair (Mr. Karol Krzywicki, Deputy President of UKE, Poland) and Vice-Chair for 2020 (Mr. Elmir Velizadeh, Deputy Minister of the MTCHT, Azerbaijan), as well as the BEREC Chair for 2020 (Mr. Dan Sjöblom) and the EC representative (Vassilis Kopanas, DG Connect) made welcome speeches.

The agenda included discussions on the EaPeReg’s international cooperation and joint activities with BEREC and ITU, so that the meeting continued with the intervention of both these organizations’ officials as well as EaPeReg representatives. On the cooperation with BEREC, it was suggested to organise joint sessions on the common topics for both parties during the meetings set back-to-back with BEREC. Regarding this matter, it was stated that the Chairs of EWGs will continue online discussions with BEREC representatives. Regarding cooperation with ITU, the newly launched by ITU project on mapping broadband infrastructure and services as well as topics regarding 5G roll-out in European region were mentioned among the main priorities for cooperation between the two parties.

Representatives of the World Bank made progress report on project activities related to broadband strategy and infrastructure mapping. The E&Y experts had the progress report on international roaming, NRA independence and spectrum development after the WB presentation.

Thereafter, the EaPeReg EWGs’ Chairs presented groups’ activities reports on progress that was made during the first half of 2020, as well as the main plans for the second half of the year.

The IRB EWG Chair informed the Plenary about the launch of the broadband mapping project in February 2020 and about the adoption of the new rules of procedure of the group. The adoption of the Methodology on the assessment of the independence of the NRAs and the fulfillment of the study on this topic were also mentioned. In the upcoming period of time, the IRB EWG will analyze the results of the study and agree with the EY experts the structure and content of the report that will summarize the results of the study.

The REWG Chair, in her turn, informed the Plenary that during the first semester of 2020 the group closely cooperated with the EU4Digital experts on preparation of the draft RRA based on the Roadmap towards RRA, which is now in the process of national consultation with stakeholders in EaP countries. During the second semester of 2020 REWG will assist EaP countries with national consultations with stakeholders for completing the process by the end of September. Another very important track for the REWG is the EaP-EU Roaming Study which should be launched in 2020.

The Spectrum EWG Chair informed the Plenary about the questions and topics of the recent 10th meeting, which was organized in virtual format on June 18th. Information on future plans and topics, such as spectrum and infrastructure sharing, emission control and necessity of emission standards revision for EaP countries in the scope of SEWG or/and even broader context were outlined.

The second part of the meeting was dedicated mainly to organizational issues, including information regarding the HDM Panel and the Ministerial Meeting, EaPeReg website, establishment of permanent office of EaPeReg and information concerning next plenary meeting.

The meeting ending was preceded by closing remarks of Mr. Karol Krzywicki, Mr. Vassilis Kopanas, and Mr. Elmir Velizadeh.

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