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 16th Plenary Meeting of The EaPeReg Network

The 16th Plenary Meeting of the EaPeReg Network (Eastern Partnership Electronic Communications Regulators Network) initially intended to take place in Warsaw (Poland) was held in an online format on December 3, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizational support for the meeting was provided by Cecoforma with the financial support of the European Commission.

The event was attended by representatives of telecommunication regulatory bodies from 6 Eastern Partnership countries and several EU Member States as well as representatives of the International Telecommunication Union, the European Commission, BEREC, EMERG, 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 2020 including EWGs (IRB EWG, REWG, SEWG) reports
  • EaPeReg 2020 activities and external cooperation (with BEREC, ITU and EMERG)
  • Presentation of the EU4Digital Facility experts on project work streams activities (roaming, independence of NRAs, spectrum and broadband)
  • Election of the EaPeReg Chair and Vice-Chair 2021
  • Future development of EaPeReg website
  • Information concerning next Plenary meeting (spring 2021)

The event was moderated by the EaPeReg Chair 2020 Mr. Karol Krzywicki, Deputy President of UKE, (Poland).

The EaPeReg Chair 2020, Mr. Karol Krzywicki and Vice-Chair 2020, Mr. Elmir Velizade, Deputy Minister of the MTCHT, (Azerbaijan), as well as the BEREC Vice-Chair for 2020, Mr. Jeremy Godfrey, the EC representative, Mr. Vassilis Kopanas, DG Connect and the EMERG representative, Ms. Paola Calestani made welcome speeches.

The speakers highlighted the key activities of EaPeReg in 2020 and expressed their satisfaction due to the results attained within all three Expert Working Groups. Thus, the targets set for the current year are, as noted positively, almost achieved. The developing regional and international relations of EaPeReg established with different institutions were indicated as well.  

The E&Y project team leader presented the progress report on international roaming, NRA independence and spectrum development. He mentioned that the drafts of Regional Roaming Agreement and Regional Spectrum Agreement are agreed among both EWG members and ready for internal procedures in all 6 countries. Representatives of the World Bank presented the progress report on project activities related to broadband strategy and infrastructure mapping.

In the next part of the Plenary meeting Mr. Vassilis Kopanas from DG CONNECT presented the EU process of defining Eastern Partnership Deliverables post-2020 in relation to the findings of the Summary of the HDM Panel.

Thereafter, the EaPeReg EWGs’ Chairs reported on groups’ activities done in 2020, as well as their visions on directions of groups considering the trends in the telecom field and main plans for 2021.

The next agenda item referred to the information about the EaPeReg’s international cooperation and joint activities with BEREC, EMERG and ITU. EMERG representative expressing the EMERG`s satisfaction with ongoing relations with EaPeReg as a good common platform for cooperation and exchange of experiences proposed the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between EaPeReg and EMERG.  

The subsequent part of the Plenary meeting was dedicated to elections of the EaPeReg Leadership for 2021. It was unanimously accepted that EaPeReg Chair in 2021 will be Ukraine/ National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NCCIR) while the EaPeReg Vice-Chair 2021 will be Sweden/ Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS).

The final part of the Plenary meeting was mainly devoted to organizational issues, including information on the development of the EaPeReg website and information on the next Plenary meeting in the first half of 2021. As there has been technical and security challenge with maintenance of the EaPeReg website, before the Plenary the EaPeReg leadership addressed the EC and the E&Y project team with the assistance to eliminate the issue. Considering the request, the new concept was presented by the representative of E&Y with the most optimal solution of taking the EaPeReg website under the EU4Digital`s one. The representative also indicated the possibility of both content and technical maintenance at the same time. The participants supported the proposal.

The incoming chair of EaPeReg briefly presented the draft Work Plan for 2021 and expressed the hope of restoring the physical meetings in 2021 and possibility of holding the next Plenary meeting in Kyiv.

At the end the meeting was closed with the final remarks of Mr. Karol Krzywicki and Mr. Elmir Velizade.

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