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    presentation from the ERG Chair presentation from the ERG Chair Presentation Transcript

    • Main outcomes of 21 th ERG Plenary Roberto Viola, ERG Chair Brussels, 15 June 2007
    • Foreword
      • The Oslo Agenda at a glance
      • Improving harmonisation:
      • a) Common Positions on WLA/WBA and early monitoring exercise
      • b) Report on Regulatory Accounting in practice
      • NGN/A: timescale for ERG activities
      • Implementing the International Roaming Regulation
      • Harmonising VoIP
      • Improving organisation
      • Documents published and new website address
    • The Oslo agenda at glance
        • First ERG Plenary meeting hosted by an Observer NRA
        • Very dense and challenging agenda, distributed along three days:
        • 30 May: IRG Plenary
        • 31 May: ERG Plenary
        • 1 June: workshop on VoIP
        • High degree of complementarities between organisational and regulatory issues
    • The ERG approach to harmonisation
      • The ERG is pursuing an evolutionary strategy to improve harmonisation (see Madeira commitments and ERG letter of 27 February on institutional issues):
      • 1. identification of priority areas for harmonisation
      • 2. ERG Common Positions
      • 3. NRAs’ committiment to take into utmost account ERG CPs
      • 4. ERG to monitor NRAs’ compliance with CPs
    • Steps ahead in Oslo
      • After consultation (ended on 2006), the ERG approved for publication:
      • two documents on principles of Harmonisation (ERG(06) 67 and ERG (06) 68);
      • two Common Positions on Bitstream Access remedies/WBA (ERG (06) 69rev1) and on Wholesale Unbundled Access remedies/WLA (ERG(06) 70rev1)
      • 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
      • The ERG committed to develop further parameters to monitor NRAs compliance to all future CPs.
    • Regulatory accounting in practice
      • The ERG approved the third yearly update of the Report on Regulatory Accounting in practice (ERG(07)22) (based on data at Jan. 2007);
      • 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;
      • Comparison with 2006 Report shows :
        • 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);
        • an increasing level of harmonisation and a closer alignment to the 2005 EC Rec. on RA and to the ERG Common Position on RA.
    • NGA: timeline of ERG activities
      • The ERG agreed on the following timetable of activities:
      • Consultation deadline is 11 June (late contributions will be handled with some flexibility);
      • the PT will examine contributions and will submit a Common Position for approval on beginning of September
      • 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)
      • the NGN/A PT and the Review PT will work closely with the aim of delivering in parallel an ERG position on functional separation
    • Implementing the IR regulation
      • 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:
      • On 7 June, EU Regulation on IR finally approved
      • 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
      • Detailed ERG Guidelines will be published shortly
    • Harmonising VoIP
      • VoIP has been identified as a key-area for harmonisation (pan-European potential prevented by non-alignment of national regulations)
      • In Brussels, it was agreed to establish a Task Force aimed at drafting an ERG VoIP Common Position
      • In Oslo, within a half-day workshop, the ERG agreed on early findings and on the path and timescale of activities:
        • on the topics candidate to harmonisation (number portability, numbering, access to emergency services);
        • on a close cooperation with responsible bodies for specific issues (localization of call to emergency numbers; legal interceptions);
        • 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).
      • The success of the ERG evolutionary strategy relies also on the improvement of efficiency and level of organisation
      • In Oslo, some important steps ahead have been agreed:
      • 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);
      • 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)
      Improving organisation
    • Documents approved for publication
      • Proposed ERG approach to harmonization (ERG (06) 67)
      • Effective Harmonization within the European Electronic Communications Sector (ERG (06) 68)
      • CP on best Practice in Bitstream Access Remedies (ERG (06) 69Rev1)
      • CP on Best Practice in Wholesale Unbundled Access Remedies (ERG (06) 70Rev1)
      • Report on Regulatory Accounting in practice (ERG (07) 22)
      • MTR Snapshot update at 1 Jan. 2007 (ERG (07) 27)
      • 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).