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Telecoms Package: Evolution Directive on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services (Framework 2002/21/EC)

European Parliament & Council of European Union Original Directives -> Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Opinion − 2002-03-07 -> 2008-07-07

Article 8

European Parliament & Council of European Union Original Directives Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Opinion
Article 8 − Policy objectives and regulatory principles Article 8 − Policy objectives and regulatory principles
1. Member States shall ensure that in carrying out the regulatory tasks specified in this Directive and the Specific Directives, the national regulatory authorities take all reasonable measures which are aimed at achieving the objectives set out in paragraphs 2, 3 and 4. Such measures shall be proportionate to those objectives. 1. Member States shall ensure that in carrying out the regulatory tasks specified in this Directive and the Specific Directives, the national regulatory authorities take all reasonable measures which are aimed at achieving the objectives set out in paragraphs 2, 3 and 4. Such measures shall be proportionate to those objectives.
Member States shall ensure that in carrying out the regulatory tasks specified in this Directive and the Specific Directives, in particular those designed to ensure effective competition, national regulatory authorities take the utmost account of the desirability of making regulations technologically neutral. Unless otherwise provided in Article 9 regarding radio frequencies, Member States shall take the utmost account of the desirability of making regulations technologically neutral and shall ensure that, in carrying out the regulatory tasks specified in this Directive and the Specific Directives, in particular those designed to ensure effective competition, national regulatory authorities do likewise.
National regulatory authorities may contribute within their competencies to ensuring the implementation of policies aimed at the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as media pluralism. National regulatory authorities may contribute within their competencies to ensuring the implementation of policies aimed at the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as media pluralism.
2. The national regulatory authorities shall promote competition in the provision of electronic communications networks, electronic communications services and associated facilities and services by inter alia: 2. The national regulatory authorities shall promote competition in the provision of electronic communications networks, electronic communications services and associated facilities and services by inter alia:
(a) ensuring that users, including disabled users, derive maximum benefit in terms of choice, price, and quality; (a) ensuring that users, including disabled users, elderly users, and users with special social needs derive maximum benefit in terms of choice, price, and quality;
(b) ensuring that there is no distortion or restriction of competition in the electronic communications sector; (b) ensuring that there is no distortion or restriction of competition in the electronic communications sector, taking State aid rules into account, in particular for the delivery of content;
(c) encouraging efficient investment in infrastructure, and promoting innovation; and (c) encouraging and facilitating efficient market-driven investment in infrastructure, and promoting innovation; and
(d) encouraging efficient use and ensuring the effective management of radio frequencies and numbering resources. (d) encouraging efficient use and ensuring the effective management of radio frequencies and numbering resources.
3. The national regulatory authorities shall contribute to the development of the internal market by inter alia: 3. The national regulatory authorities shall contribute to the development of the internal market by inter alia:
(a) removing remaining obstacles to the provision of electronic communications networks, associated facilities and services and electronic communications services at European level; (a) removing remaining obstacles to the provision of electronic communications networks, associated facilities and services and electronic communications services at European level;
(b) encouraging the establishment and development of trans-European networks and the interoperability of pan-European services, and end-to-end connectivity; (b) encouraging the establishment and development of trans-European networks and the interoperability of pan-European services, and end-to-end connectivity;
(c) ensuring that, in similar circumstances, there is no discrimination in the treatment of undertakings providing electronic communications networks and services; (c) ensuring that, in similar circumstances, there is no discrimination in the treatment of undertakings providing electronic communications networks and services;
(d) cooperating with each other and with the Commission in a transparent manner to ensure the development of consistent regulatory practice and the consistent application of this Directive and the Specific Directives. (d) working with each other and with the Commission and the Authority so as to ensure the development of consistent regulatory practice and the consistent application of this Directive and the Specific Directives.
4. The national regulatory authorities shall promote the interests of the citizens of the European Union by inter alia: 4. The national regulatory authorities shall promote the interests of the citizens of the European Union by inter alia:
(a) ensuring all citizens have access to a universal service specified in Directive 2002/22/EC (Universal Service Directive); (a) ensuring all citizens have access to a universal service specified in Directive 2002/22/EC (Universal Service Directive);
(b) ensuring a high level of protection for consumers in their dealings with suppliers, in particular by ensuring the availability of simple and inexpensive dispute resolution procedures carried out by a body that is independent of the parties involved; (b) ensuring a high level of protection for consumers in their dealings with suppliers, in particular by ensuring the availability of simple and inexpensive dispute resolution procedures carried out by a body that is independent of the parties involved;
(c) contributing to ensuring a high level of protection of personal data and privacy; (c) contributing to ensuring a high level of protection of personal data and privacy;
(d) promoting the provision of clear information, in particular requiring transparency of tariffs and conditions for using publicly available electronic communications services; (d) promoting the provision of clear information, in particular requiring transparency of tariffs and conditions for using publicly available electronic communications services;
(e) addressing the needs of specific social groups, in particular disabled users; and (e) addressing the needs of specific social groups, in particular disabled users, elderly users and users with special social needs;
(f) ensuring that the integrity and security of public communications networks are maintained. (f) ensuring that the integrity and security of public communications networks are maintained; and
(g) applying the principle that end-users should be able to access and distribute any lawful content and use any lawful applications and/or services of their choice.
(ga) ensuring the cooperation of undertakings providing electronic communications networks and services with the sectors interested in the protection and the promotion of lawful content over electronic communication networks and services.
' ''(60a) It is the responsibility of the Member States to encourage cooperation arrangements between the parties concerned in order to promote efficient on-line services and a high level of consumer confidence. In particular, companies supplying electronic communications networks and/or services and other stakeholders should be encouraged to cooperate so as to promote legal content and protect on-line content. Such cooperation could for example be achieved on a wider scale without prejudice to the regulatory framework, by the drafting of negotiated and agreed codes of conduct between stakeholders. The introduction of such codes of conduct has already been envisaged in numerous Community instruments, for example Directive 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2000 on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the Internal Market ('Directive on electronic commerce') (OJ L 178, 17.7.2000, p. 1.), Directive 2004/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (OJ L 157, 30.4.2004, p. 45; corrected version in OJ L 195, 2.6.2004, p. 16.), and Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (OJ L 281, 23.11.1995, p.31. Directive as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003 (OJ L 284, 31.10.2003, p. 1).). Such cooperation between stakeholders is essential to promoting on-line content, in particular European cultural content, and to realise the potential of the information society.''

Article 9

European Parliament & Council of European Union Original Directives Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Opinion
Article 9 − Management of radio frequencies for electronic communications services Article 9 − Management of radio frequencies for electronic communications services
1. Member States shall ensure the effective management of radio frequencies for electronic communication services in their territory in accordance with Article 8. They shall ensure that the allocation and assignment of such radio frequencies by national regulatory authorities are based on objective, transparent, non-discriminatory and proportionate criteria. 1. Member States shall ensure the effective management of radio frequencies for electronic communication services in their territory in accordance with Article 8. They shall ensure that the allocation and assignment of such radiofrequencies by national regulatory authorities are based on objective, transparent, non-discriminatory and proportionate criteria and avoid distorting competition.
2. Member States shall promote the harmonisation of use of radio frequencies across the Community, consistent with the need to ensure effective and efficient use thereof and in accordance with the Decision No 676/2002/EC (Radio Spectrum Decision). 2. Member States shall promote the harmonisation of use of radio frequencies across the Community, consistent with the need to ensure effective and efficient use thereof and in accordance with the Decision No 676/2002/EC (Radio Spectrum Decision).
3. Member States may make provision for undertakings to transfer rights to use radio frequencies with other undertakings. 3. Unless otherwise provided in the second subparagraph or in the measures adopted pursuant to Article 9c, Member States shall ensure that all types of radio network or wireless access technology may be used in the radio frequency bands open to electronic communications services.
Member States may, however, provide for proportionate and non-discriminatory restrictions to the types of radio network or wireless access technology used where this is necessary to:
(a) avoid harmful interference,
(b) protect public health against electromagnetic fields,
(ba) avoid distortion of competition,
(c) ensure maximisation of radio frequencies sharing where the use of frequencies is subject to a general authorisation, or
(d) comply with a restriction in accordance with paragraph 4 below.
4. Member States shall ensure that an undertaking's intention to transfer rights to use radio frequencies is notified to the national regulatory authority responsible for spectrum assignment and that any transfer takes place in accordance with procedures laid down by the national regulatory authority and is made public. National regulatory authorities shall ensure that competition is not distorted as a result of any such transaction. Where radio frequency use has been harmonised through the application of Decision No 676/2002/EC (Radio Spectrum Decision) or other Community measures, any such transfer shall not result in change of use of that radio frequency. Unless otherwise provided in the second subparagraph or in the measures adopted pursuant to Article 9c, Member States shall ensure that all types of electronic communications services may be provided in the radio frequency bands available to electronic communications services as identified in their national allocation tables and in ITU radio broadcasting regulations. The Member States may, however, provide for proportionate and non-discriminatory restrictions to the types of electronic communications services to be provided.
Restrictions that require a particular electronic communication service to be provided in a specific band shall be justified only in order to ensure the fulfilment of a general interest objective as defined in national legislation in conformity with Community law, such as safety of life, the promotion of social, regional or territorial cohesion, the avoidance of inefficient use of radio frequencies, the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity and media pluralism or the provision of radio and television broadcasting services.
A restriction which prohibits the provision of any other electronic communication service in a specific band may only be provided for where justified by the need to protect safety of life services or to ensure the fulfilment of a general interest as defined in national legislation in conformity with Community law, such as the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity and media pluralism.
5. Member States shall regularly review the necessity of the restrictions referred to in paragraphs 3 and 4. It lies within the competence of the Member States to define the scope and nature of any exception.
6. Paragraphs 3 and 4 shall apply to allocation and assignment of radio frequencies after 31 December 2009.

Article 9c

European Parliament & Council of European Union Original Directives Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Opinion
' '''Article 9c − Radio Frequency Management Harmonisation Measures'''
In order to contribute to the development of the internal market, and without prejudice to Article 8a, for the achievement of the principles of this Article, the Commission may adopt appropriate technical implementing measures to:
(-a) harmonise the rules relating to the availability and efficient use of radio frequencies in accordance with the procedure set out in Annex IIa;
(-aa) ensure the coordinated and timely provision of information concerning the allocation, availability and use of radio frequencies in accordance with the procedure set out in Annex IIa;
(a) identify the bands for which usage rights may be transferred or leased between undertakings, excluding radio frequencies allocated or planned by Member States for broadcasting services;
(b) harmonise the conditions attached to such rights;
(c) harmonise the specific measures to ensure fair competition where individual rights are transferred.
These implementing measures are without prejudice to measures taken at Community or national level, in compliance with Community law, to pursue general interest objectives, and in particular those relating to the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity and media pluralism.
Measures adopted pursuant to points (a) to (c) of the first subparagraph, designed to amend non-essential elements of this Directive by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 22(3). In the implementation of the provisions of this paragraph, the Commission may be assisted by the Radio Spectrum Policy Committee.
' ''(26) Given the effect of the exceptions on the development of the internal market for electronic communications services, the Commission should be able to harmonise the scope and nature of any exceptions to the principles of technology and service neutrality other than those aimed at ensuring the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity and media pluralism, having regard to harmonised technical conditions for the availability and efficient use of radio frequencies under Decision No 676/2002/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on a regulatory framework for radio spectrum policy in the European Community (“Radio Spectrum Decision”) (OJ L 108, 24.4.2002, p. 1.).''