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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President of UKE (Poland) and Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies (Azerbaijan) officially elected for the posts of the EaPeReg Chairman and Vice-chairman for 2020

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27. November 2019

During the 14th plenary session of the Electronic Communications Regulators Network of the Eastern Partnership countries (EaPeReg) in Riga on 27th of November, 2019, the President of the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) from Poland and the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies (MTCHT) of Azerbaijan were officially elected for the posts of Chairman and Vice- chairman of the network for 2020, respectively.

For the first time since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of EaPeReg in 2012, the presidency in this network will be conducted by the regulator from the country outside the direct EaPeReg members, i.e. the President of UKE.

Both administrations have been involved in the Network’s activity since 2010. Azerbaijan closely participates in the works of EaPeReg and signed the MoU in May 2019.

Therefore this election was met with a positive response from the regulators from the EaP countries. “I am glad that the President of UKE and the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan will take over the responsibility for EaPeReg next year. The experience of those authorities will help us to better achieve our goals.” – said representative of the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC).

“President of UKE has been supporting us substantively for years. Taking over the chairmanship in EaPeReg is another proof that the Polish regulator is actively operating on the international arena, supporting other Eastern-European regulators” – added representative of the National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatization of Ukraine (NCCIR).

In 2020, under the leadership of UKE and MTCHT, the EaPeReg will continue its activity within the commitment, stated in “Eastern Partnership – 20 Deliverables for 2020 – Focusing on key priorities and tangible results” of June 2017, in particular regarding “Harmonisation of Digital Markets” and EU4Digital Initiative launched in 2016. Priority actions for the EaPeReg will be in three main areas:

-          Conclusion of an agreement between EaP countries on harmonised roaming pricing and roaming tariffs and conducting the study of possibility of a common international roaming space and reduction of roaming tariffs between EaP countries and EU Member States;

-          Strengthening the independence of national telecom regulators in the EaP countries;

-          Alignment of priorities for spectrum coordination both between the EaP countries and EaP and EU countries, including for 694-790 MHz (`700 MHz band`) and 3.5 GHz, in order to free these bands for 5G deployment.

The mentioned activities, overall, have been realized by the relevant Expert Working Groups of EaPeReg with the EC’s financial support and close assistance of Ernst & Young and the World Bank.

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