The 7th Plenary Session of the EaPeReg (EU and EaP Electronic Communications Regulatory Platform) was held on 8 April in Riga, Latvia. Representatives of all 6 EaP Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) and 8 EU Countries (Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Sweden) attended the meeting.

The meeting was organized by the Vice-Chair (SPRK) of the Network. All the logistics were provided by Ceceforma. The event was funded by the European Commission.

The following actions were identified and approved by the participants of Plenary Meeting:

1. Chair and Vice Chair 2017 were nominated. Moldova were nominated as Chair 2017 and Romania as Vice – Chair 2017;

2. The participants approved the establishment of informal Troika for year 2016 which includes outgoing, current, incoming Chair and Vice Chair to manage the day-to-day business of the Network;

3. The participants approved the early start of work on WP 2017;

4. Spectrum Expert Working Group work and activities  were presented by the Chair of the Spectrum Expert Working Group Elmar Zilles (DE);

5. Benchmarking Expert Working Group work and activities  were presented by the Chair of the Benchmarking Expert Working Group Roman Bahnaru (MD);

6. The participants discussed establishment of the Roaming Expert Working Group (REWG), which was presented by Liliia Malon (UA). The participants approved the establishment of REWG.

Chair and Vice Chair of REWG were nominated -Ukraine were nominated as Chair of REWG and Lithuania as Vice – Chair of REWG. During the Meeting participants proposed to make amendments in the Terms of Reference of REWG by excluding sentence under article No.3, namely “approval of the draft International Agreement on roaming on public mobile communications networks within Eastern European Partners”. The representative from DE proposed to make amendments in the ToR of REWG by excluding part of sentence under article No.4, namely “the representatives of the relevant Ministries of eastern European Partners”. Both amendments to the ToR were finally accepted.

Participants decided and agreed that data on international roaming will be collected by REWG themselves and thus collection migrated from BEWG to REWG;

Representative from LT advised that first of all every EaP country has to analyse laws and rules internally and then, during first kick – off meeting all the information will be summed up; participants supported LT comment.

The REWG members will work mostly online. Two F2F meetings per year will be organised. As for kick-off meeting, the participants of the Plenary have agreed to organise it in 2016 in Lithuania.

7. Amendments in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) were suggested and presented by Voichita Valcea (RO); The participants adopted the amendments in the MoU, Article 2 has changed to read:

“Membership does not require any fee.

In addition to the Regulators who signed the Chisinau Declaration in 2012, membership is open to any National Regulatory Authority concerned with the electronic communications sector that is a member of or an observer in BEREC.

Regulators from EU Member States who participate in EaPeReg Network activities - Plenary Assemblies, technical working groups, experts working groups and other activities of the Network shall be considered members without any other formalities.

The new candidatures coming from the countries who are not members of the EU shall be presented in the written requests and accompanied by the documentation relating to the legal status of the National Regulatory Authority, shall be sent to the coordinator of the Network, who informs the Members and submits the requests to the Plenary Assembly.

The status of “Observer” may be granted to the countries that are potential members, but who have opted for the status of “Observer”. The European institutions have the right to send observers of an appropriate level to any meeting/activity of the EaP Regulators Network.

The Plenary Assembly is the only body of the EaP Regulators Network that may grant the status of “Member” (with the right to vote) or “Observer” to applying regulators.

A Member may withdraw its membership at any time, by written notice, to the Plenary Assembly“;

8. The next plenary meeting will be held in Bucharest, Romania, in November. Dates will be circulated in the shortest time. The next plenary meeting is planned to be organised back to back with the Annual Summit with the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), which shall be dedicated to international roaming subject.

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President of UKE (Poland) and Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies (Azerbaijan) officially elected for the posts of the EaPeReg Chairman and Vice-chairman for 2020

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27. November 2019

During the 14th plenary session of the Electronic Communications Regulators Network of the Eastern Partnership countries (EaPeReg) in Riga on 27th of November, 2019, the President of the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) from Poland and the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies (MTCHT) of Azerbaijan were officially elected for the posts of Chairman and Vice- chairman of the network for 2020, respectively.

For the first time since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of EaPeReg in 2012, the presidency in this network will be conducted by the regulator from the country outside the direct EaPeReg members, i.e. the President of UKE.

Both administrations have been involved in the Network’s activity since 2010. Azerbaijan closely participates in the works of EaPeReg and signed the MoU in May 2019.

Therefore this election was met with a positive response from the regulators from the EaP countries. “I am glad that the President of UKE and the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan will take over the responsibility for EaPeReg next year. The experience of those authorities will help us to better achieve our goals.” – said representative of the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC).

“President of UKE has been supporting us substantively for years. Taking over the chairmanship in EaPeReg is another proof that the Polish regulator is actively operating on the international arena, supporting other Eastern-European regulators” – added representative of the National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatization of Ukraine (NCCIR).

In 2020, under the leadership of UKE and MTCHT, the EaPeReg will continue its activity within the commitment, stated in “Eastern Partnership – 20 Deliverables for 2020 – Focusing on key priorities and tangible results” of June 2017, in particular regarding “Harmonisation of Digital Markets” and EU4Digital Initiative launched in 2016. Priority actions for the EaPeReg will be in three main areas:

-          Conclusion of an agreement between EaP countries on harmonised roaming pricing and roaming tariffs and conducting the study of possibility of a common international roaming space and reduction of roaming tariffs between EaP countries and EU Member States;

-          Strengthening the independence of national telecom regulators in the EaP countries;

-          Alignment of priorities for spectrum coordination both between the EaP countries and EaP and EU countries, including for 694-790 MHz (`700 MHz band`) and 3.5 GHz, in order to free these bands for 5G deployment.

The mentioned activities, overall, have been realized by the relevant Expert Working Groups of EaPeReg with the EC’s financial support and close assistance of Ernst & Young and the World Bank.

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