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.