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BEREC Work Programme 2019

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BEREC is seeking input from its stakeholders regarding its 2019 Work Programme. Stakeholders, who wish to propose projects to be included in the Work Programme, should complete the form under the "Discussion" tab above.    This public consultation is the first step in a two-step process and BEREC will further consult with stakeholders before finalising the 2019 Work Programme (the process, including indicative timelines is set out in Annex 1 below).

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Background

Each year, following consultation with interested parties, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) adopts a Work Programme (WP) for the following calendar year. BEREC transmits the annual WP to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission as soon as it is adopted, typically in early December. BEREC is now commencing the development of its 2019 WP, which will be finalised in December 2018.

Responses to this public consultation should be submitted through the Discussion tab above by close of business on Friday, 20 April 2018 18:00 CET.

To achieve as broad a stakeholder input as possible, BEREC is now seeking inputs through this public consultation on what topics and projects should be included in the WP 2019. This public consultation will be part of the first stage of what will be a two-stage process, whereby projects suggested by external and internal stakeholders will be appraised, consolidated with similar/related projects and prioritised to form a draft WP 2019.

The WP is developed and conducted in line with BEREC’s three ‘strategic pillars' (see note 1 below), which are derived from the policy objectives and regulatory principles, which its members are required to apply, pursuant to Article 8 of the Framework Directive (see note 2 below). 

These three ‘strategic pillars’, on which BEREC annual WPs are based are:

  • Promoting competition and investment

  • Promoting the internal market

  • Empowering and protecting end users

BEREC’s current medium term strategy (BEREC Strategy 2018-2020, see note 3 below) also identifies five specific strategic priorities. These strategic priorities take market and technological developments into account and have the function of guiding BEREC’s work in the medium term and serve as the blue print for BEREC´s annual work programmes.

The five strategic priorities identified in the medium term strategy are:

  • Responding to connectivity challenges and to new conditions for access to high-capacity networks

  • Monitoring potential bottlenecks in the distribution of digital services

  • Enabling 5G and promoting innovation in network technologies

  • Fostering a consistent approach of the net neutrality principles

  • Exploring new ways to boost consumer empowerment

In previous years BEREC sought input from internal and external stakeholders at the commencement of the WP development process. For the 2019 WP, BEREC is augmenting this process so that initial inputs from external stakeholders will be sought through a public consultation. This will allow BEREC to receive a broader stakeholder input at an earlier stage, particularly as the telecommunications landscape in Europe begins to change, with an agreement on the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) and the BEREC Regulation expected in mid-2018. In parallel with this public consultation, BEREC will also, as in previous years, seek inputs from NRAs and the EU Commission. Similarly, inputs will be sought from BEREC Expert Working Groups who are tasked with delivery on the projects and workstreams which make up the WP.

BEREC annual WPs, typically, includes circa thirty projects, including recurring benchmarking projects. The number of potential projects, proposed by both external and internal stakeholders, normally exceed this number and so there is a requirement to consolidate and prioritise the proposals to reduce the number of projects in the WP to match the capacity of the EWGs.

As already indicated, the European telecommunications regulatory landscape is expected to change significantly in 2018, once legislative agreement has been reached on the EECC and the BEREC Regulation. It is important to note that the outcomes of the legislative agreement will also inform the development of the 2019 WP.

Process for development of BEREC WP 2019

To achieve as broad a stakeholder input as possible, BEREC is now seeking inputs through this public consultation on what topics and projects should be included in the WP 2019. This public consultation will be part of the first stage of what will be a two-stage process, whereby projects suggested by external and internal stakeholders will be appraised, consolidated with similar/related projects and prioritised to form a draft WP 2019. This draft WP will then be published for further public consultation in October 2018 and, subject to comments received, finalised in December 2018. For clarity, the stages in the process, along with an indicative timeframe, are set out in Annex 1 below.

This public consultation is the first step in the process to develop the WP 2019 and BEREC requests that stakeholders propose potential projects that they consider should be included. In order to allow BEREC to consistently appraise the importance, relevance and potential benefit of all proposals received, it is necessary for stakeholders to provide a minimum set of data with their proposal. In particular, respondents are requested to link their proposed project to BEREC’s strategic pillars and strategic priorities (as set out above) and briefly explain how the completion of the project will contribute to the advancement of these objectives. It is likely that some proposals will relate to more than one strategic pillar or priority. In such cases, respondents are requested to select the second most appropriate strategic pillar that the proposed project is intended to address.

Please note that BEREC does not limit the number of proposed project each stakeholder can make, however, the full details of the proposal will be required for BEREC to properly evaluate the merits of the project. To assist stakeholders in proposing relevant projects, BEREC has set out below in Annex 2 the list of projects that it will have been completed over the duration of the 2017 and 2018 WPs. These projects are categorised according to the primary strategic priority that the particular project was intended to address and this list is intended to serve as a prompt:

  • to ensure that stakeholders do not propose projects that have already been completed,

  • to propose follow-on work to projects already underway,

  • to suggest new projects not previously considered, and

  • to have regard for BEREC’s five strategic proprieties when suggesting projects to be included in the 2019 WP.

As set out above, any mandatory tasks that BEREC is required to undertake following the conclusion of the negotiations on the EEEC will likely take priority over other proposals received from either external or internal stakeholders. 

BEREC also reserves the right to ensure that the WP 2019 achieves a balance across its five strategic priorities. Finally, having regard for the capabilities of BERECs EWGs BEREC may consider roll a number of meaningful projects into the WP 2020, if there is insufficient capacity for their inclusion in WP 2019.

Responses to this public consultation should be submitted through the Discussion tab above by close of business on Friday, 20 April 2018 18:00 CET.

 

Notes:

1. These three ‘strategic pillars’ were laid down in 2014 when BEREC adopted the Medium Term Strategy 2015-2017 document. Note that BEREC published its first strategic outlook on 23 February 2012, for the period 2012-2015.

2. Directive 2002/21/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, as amended.

3. BoR (17) 175 http://berec.europa.eu/eng/document_register/subject_matter/berec/annual_work_programmes/7310-berec-strategy-2018-2020

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