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presentation from the ERG Chair

  1. 1. Main outcomes of 21 th ERG Plenary Roberto Viola, ERG Chair Brussels, 15 June 2007
  2. 2. Foreword <ul><li>The Oslo Agenda at a glance </li></ul><ul><li>Improving harmonisation: </li></ul><ul><li>a) Common Positions on WLA/WBA and early monitoring exercise </li></ul><ul><li>b) Report on Regulatory Accounting in practice </li></ul><ul><li>NGN/A: timescale for ERG activities </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing the International Roaming Regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Harmonising VoIP </li></ul><ul><li>Improving organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Documents published and new website address </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Oslo agenda at glance <ul><ul><li>First ERG Plenary meeting hosted by an Observer NRA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very dense and challenging agenda, distributed along three days: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30 May: IRG Plenary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>31 May: ERG Plenary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 June: workshop on VoIP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High degree of complementarities between organisational and regulatory issues </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The ERG approach to harmonisation <ul><li>The ERG is pursuing an evolutionary strategy to improve harmonisation (see Madeira commitments and ERG letter of 27 February on institutional issues): </li></ul><ul><li>1. identification of priority areas for harmonisation </li></ul><ul><li>2. ERG Common Positions </li></ul><ul><li>3. NRAs’ committiment to take into utmost account ERG CPs </li></ul><ul><li>4. ERG to monitor NRAs’ compliance with CPs </li></ul>
  5. 5. Steps ahead in Oslo <ul><li>After consultation (ended on 2006), the ERG approved for publication: </li></ul><ul><li>two documents on principles of Harmonisation (ERG(06) 67 and ERG (06) 68); </li></ul><ul><li>two Common Positions on Bitstream Access remedies/WBA (ERG (06) 69rev1) and on Wholesale Unbundled Access remedies/WLA (ERG(06) 70rev1) </li></ul><ul><li>The ERG agreed on a first monitoring exercise of WBA/WLA, to be carried out in Autumn 2007, based on the evaluation of available information </li></ul><ul><li>The ERG committed to develop further parameters to monitor NRAs compliance to all future CPs. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Regulatory accounting in practice <ul><li>The ERG approved the third yearly update of the Report on Regulatory Accounting in practice (ERG(07)22) (based on data at Jan. 2007); </li></ul><ul><li>The Report provides a wide set of data (cost bases, accounting systems, price control methods, auditing processes, WACC parameters and calculation methodologies, remedies imposed) and monitors level of harmonisation of national practices; </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison with 2006 Report shows : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>further consolidation in the use of CCA as the preferred cost base and of Long Run Average Incremental Cost (LRIC/LRAIC) methodologies (based on CCA), both for fixed and mobile termination); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>an increasing level of harmonisation and a closer alignment to the 2005 EC Rec. on RA and to the ERG Common Position on RA. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. NGA: timeline of ERG activities <ul><li>The ERG agreed on the following timetable of activities: </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation deadline is 11 June (late contributions will be handled with some flexibility); </li></ul><ul><li>the PT will examine contributions and will submit a Common Position for approval on beginning of September </li></ul><ul><li>the final document will serve as the ERG Opinion on NGN/A (requested by Commissioner Reding on 30 April and to be delivered by 14 September) </li></ul><ul><li>the NGN/A PT and the Review PT will work closely with the aim of delivering in parallel an ERG position on functional separation </li></ul>
  8. 8. Implementing the IR regulation <ul><li>In view of the approval of the EU Regulation on IR, the ERG agreed on a common approach to implementation issues, in order to ensure consistent application throughout Europe: </li></ul><ul><li>On 7 June, EU Regulation on IR finally approved </li></ul><ul><li>On 12 June, the ERG published a Statement (ERG (07) 38), outlining NRAs implementation commitments (in terms of data collection, publication of information and monitoring) and a timescale of activities </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed ERG Guidelines will be published shortly </li></ul>
  9. 9. Harmonising VoIP <ul><li>VoIP has been identified as a key-area for harmonisation (pan-European potential prevented by non-alignment of national regulations) </li></ul><ul><li>In Brussels, it was agreed to establish a Task Force aimed at drafting an ERG VoIP Common Position </li></ul><ul><li>In Oslo, within a half-day workshop, the ERG agreed on early findings and on the path and timescale of activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>on the topics candidate to harmonisation (number portability, numbering, access to emergency services); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>on a close cooperation with responsible bodies for specific issues (localization of call to emergency numbers; legal interceptions); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>on timing of next steps: draft CP to be discussed in Athens (Oct. ’07), in view of consultation and final approval in Rome (Dec.’07). </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>The success of the ERG evolutionary strategy relies also on the improvement of efficiency and level of organisation </li></ul><ul><li>In Oslo, some important steps ahead have been agreed: </li></ul><ul><li>New rules of procedure for ERG Expert Teams on Art.7 Phase 2 cases (including automatic set up; closer contact with the Commission’s Task Force; rules for publication of reports); </li></ul><ul><li>agreement on selection process for the recruitment of three NRAs officials for the permanent Chair’s Secretariat (expected to be fully operational by September 2007) </li></ul>Improving organisation
  11. 11. Documents approved for publication <ul><li>Proposed ERG approach to harmonization (ERG (06) 67) </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Harmonization within the European Electronic Communications Sector (ERG (06) 68) </li></ul><ul><li>CP on best Practice in Bitstream Access Remedies (ERG (06) 69Rev1) </li></ul><ul><li>CP on Best Practice in Wholesale Unbundled Access Remedies (ERG (06) 70Rev1) </li></ul><ul><li>Report on Regulatory Accounting in practice (ERG (07) 22) </li></ul><ul><li>MTR Snapshot update at 1 Jan. 2007 (ERG (07) 27) </li></ul><ul><li>All documents are available on the new ERG website available at http:// erg.ec.europa.eu (the old web address www.erg.eu.int will be operational only until August 2007). </li></ul>
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