On 16th and 17th December in Brussels, EMERG will meet BEREC in a workshop aimed at debating on NRAs’ decision making process, accountability and transparency. The aim of this workshop in to compare notes on the current practice amongst EMERG and BEREC countries with respect to the decision making processes, accountability and transparency practices, and how to disseminate best practices. The workshop might also consider to which extent NRAs’ governance structure might influence the regulatory decision making process.
This is the second time that EMERG and BEREC organizes a joint workshop to discuss topics of common interest. The first edition took place in 2013 also in Brussels and was focused on the analysis of the enforcement powers available to EU and MENA countries and the extent to which they can be effectively employed in the context of the country’s administrative and judicial system.
The cooperation with BEREC is one of the key priorities of the international strategy of EMERG. In 2014 EMERG signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BEREC which constitutes the framework between both organizations. Among other activities, the MoU foresees the celebration of an annual High-Level Summit between BEREC and EMERG. The first Summit successfully took place on 2nd and 3rd July in Barcelona, Spain.

EMERG participated at the first Summit the Body of European Regulators (BEREC), with their counterparts from the Eastern Partnership Regulators’ Network (EaPeReg) and the Latin-American Regulators (Regulatel), sponsored by the Spain’s National Authority for Markets and Competition (CNMC) in Barcelona, 2nd and 3rd July.  The Summit is one of the activities foreseen under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between BEREC and EMERG last year.

The meeting was attended by representatives from 38 National Regulatory Authorities from the European Union, EFTA, East of Europe, Caucasus, North of Africa and Middle East and Latin-America. Representatives from the European Commission and from the BEREC Office were also present. EMERG was significantly represented in the Summit, with delegates from 15 EMERG Members.

At the opening session Ms Fernández, EMERG Chair 2015, reviewed EMERG-BEREC cooperation priorities and reiterated the commitment of EMERG to maintain the cooperation dialogue between EMERG Members and other regions of the World to explore ways to promote future cooperation.

Under the title “Challenges for Telecoms in the New Internet Ecosystem”, the participants addressed the following topics:

  • The Internet ecosystem: challenges to regulation
  • Broadband: Access and connectivity, NGNs and deployment in rural and remote areas, and
  • Broadband services and quality standards from the consumers’ perspective.

EMERG representatives participated very actively in all the sessions. Israel, Jordan, France, Morocco and Tunisia gave presentations on some of the topics for debate.

At the end of the Summit the participants adopted a joint Declaration, which can be consulted here.

The Summit was followed on 2nd July by an Extraordinary EMERG Plenary meeting, chaired by Ms María Fernández, EMERG Chair 2015. The Plenary Assembly adopted the new Charter of EMERG and the new Internal Rules of Procedures of the Platform.

Next 2nd July, it will take place the extraordinary EMERG Plenary Meeting, in Barcelona. The meeting will be from 17:15 to 18:30 and the agenda includes the discussion and approval of the modifications to the Charter and to the Internal Rules of Procedures (RoP), introduced in the Plenary of March, and also the provision of update of the progress of the EMERG activities.

This Plenary was decided after a consultation among the CN  EMERG members, that explored the opportunity to have this short Extraordinary Plenary meeting, after the Summit with BEREC, that will also take place in Barcelona.

According to last EMERG Plenary's decision, the Expert Working Group on NRAs' powers to request information will gather at its first workshop, that will take place next June 15 and 16, in Lisbon, Portugal.
This workshop aims to tackle the cases where NRAs cannot take appropriate decisions, due to the fact that they lack the necessary powers to request information to the stakeholders for the performance of their tasks. In this context, this Working Group meeting has the objective of comparing the situation among the EMERG countries, in order to understand how NRAs obtain the information necessary to perform their functions. Furthermore, it aims at preparing, if possible, a list of recommendations to bring EMERG Members into line with the EU best practices.