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Amendment 66 --[modifier]

Amendment 66
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article 55 – paragraph 2

2. Competent authorities shall not prevent providers of public communications networks or publicly available electronic communications services from allowing access to their networks to the public, through radio local area networks, which may be located at an end-user's premises, subject to compliance with the applicable general authorisation conditions and the prior informed agreement of the end-user.

2. Competent authorities shall not prevent providers of public communications networks or publicly available electronic communications services from allowing access to their networks to the public, through radio local area networks, which may be located at an end-user's premises, subject to compliance with the applicable general authorisation conditions and the prior informed agreement and express consent of the end-user.

Justification: an end-user should not by default or otherwise open their network to third parties without explicit consent


Sur la responsabilité et l'accès des tiers au réseau wifi.

Amendment 68 --[modifier]

Amendment 68
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article 55 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 2

To that end, providers of public communications networks or publicly available electronic communications services shall make available and actively offer, clearly and transparently, products or specific offers allowing its end-users to provide access to third parties through a radio local area network.

To that end, providers of public communications networks or publicly available electronic communications services may make available and actively offer, clearly and transparently, products or specific offers allowing its end-users, upon request to provide access to third parties through a radio local area network. Liability for actions carried out by a third-party though such access to an end-user’s RLAN equipment shall be borne by the provider and those third-parties that seek access.

Justification: An end-user should not be liable for the actions which they do not control. If a provider asks that they give access, the provider must bear the risk.


Rend les opérateurs responsables lorsqu'ils proposent un système de wifi ouvert (Freifunk, Free wifi, etc.).

Amendment 69 --[modifier]

Amendment 69
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article 59 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 – point c

(c) in justified cases, obligations on providers of number-independent interpersonal communications services to make their services interoperable, namely where access to emergency services or end-to-end connectivity between end-users is endangered due to a lack of interoperability between interpersonal communications services.

deleted

Justification: This point is unnecessary and counter to the principle of reserving the use of implementing and delegated acts to items which does not fundamentally change a body of a legislation. The potential requirements of (c) should be either included under the whole ordinary legislative procedure or not at all.


Enlève l'obligation d'interopérabilité sur les fournisseurs de services type Whatsapp, etc.

Amendment 70 --[modifier]

Amendment 70
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article 59 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 3

The obligations referred to in point (c) of the second subparagraph may only be imposed:

deleted

(i) to the extent necessary to ensure interoperability of interpersonal communications services and may include obligations relating to the use and implementation of standards or specifications listed in Article 39(1) or of any other relevant European or international standards; and

(ii) where the Commission, on the basis of a report that it had requested from BEREC, has found an appreciable threat to effective access to emergency services or to end-to-end connectivity between end-users within one or several Member States or throughout the European Union and has adopted implementing measures specifying the nature and scope of any obligations that may be imposed, in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 110(4).

Justification: directly related to amendment on Paragraph 1(1)(c)


Enlève l'obligation d'interopérabilité sur les fournisseurs de services type Whatsapp, etc.

Amendment 71 +[modifier]

Amendment 71
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article 79 – paragraph 1

1. Member States shall ensure that all end-users in their territory have access at an affordable price, in the light of specific national conditions, to available functional internet access and voice communications services at the quality specified in their territory, including the underlying connection, at least at a fixed location.

1. Member States shall ensure that all consumers in their territory have access at an affordable price, in the light of specific national conditions, to an available internet access and voice communications services at the quality specified in their territory, including the underlying connection, at least at a fixed location.

Justification: Universal Service is designed for the social welfare of private consumers. It is not a tool for providing access for businesses or other legal persons, therefore the term 'end-users' is not corrected for Title I. The Term 'functional' is not defined or needed. An internal access service is defined and covers all potential offerings under Universal service. 'Functional' seems only as a replacement for the word 'minimum' and that is set out in paragraph 2.


Amendment 73 -[modifier]

Amendment 73
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article 79 – paragraph 2

2. Member States shall define the functional internet access service referred to in paragraph 1 with a view to adequately reflect services used by the majority of end-users in their territory. To that end, the functional internet access service shall be capable of supporting the minimum set of services set out in Annex V.

2. In accordance with BEREC guidelines, national regulatory authorities shall define the minimum functionality of the internet access service referred to in paragraph 1 with a view to reflect the services used by the majority of consumers in their territory or relevant parts of their territory. To that end, the internet access service shall be capable of supporting at least the minimum set of services set out in Annex V.

Justification: Member States may choice to define internet access service functionality on the basis of regional averages instead of whole Member States, which might lower average speeds for some, while for others might magnify an average beyond what infrastructure can support, especially in under populated rural areas. At the same time, it is necessary to the inclusion of a minimum set of services in annex V does not mean that services should be limited to those services alone and that EU rules on Net neutrality fully apply, this is made clear in the matching recital.


Définit les critères du service d'accès "fonctionnel".

Amendment 74 -[modifier]

Amendment 74
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article 79 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 a (new)

By ... [18 months after the date of entry into force of this Directive], BEREC shall, in order to contribute towards a consistent application of this Article, after consulting stakeholders and in close cooperation with the Commission, taking into account available Commission (Eurostat) data, adopt guidelines on the minimum quality of service requirements, including minimum bandwidth, necessary for an internet access service to support at least the minimum set of services set out in Annex V, based on the average use of such services by a majority of the population. Those guidelines shall be updated annually to reflect technological advances and changes in consumer usage patterns.

Justification: BEREC should set out guidelines on how to translate the annex V into practical quality of service requirements.

Amendment 75 -[modifier]

Amendment 75
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article 79 – paragraph 3

3. When an end-user so requests, the connection referred to in paragraph 1 may be limited to support voice communications only.

3. When a consumer so requests, the connection referred to in paragraphs 1 and 1a may be limited to support voice communications only.

Justification: see paragraph 1a

Amendment 77 -[modifier]

Amendment 77
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article 80 – paragraph 2

2. Where Member States establish that, in the light of national conditions, retail prices for services identified in Article 79(1) are not affordable, because low-income or special social needs end-users are prevented from accessing such services, they may require undertakings which provide such services to offer to those end-users tariff options or packages different from those provided under normal commercial conditions. To that end, Member States may require such undertakings to apply common tariffs, including geographic averaging, throughout the territory. Member States shall ensure that end-users entitled to such tariff options or packages have a right to contract with an undertaking providing the services identified in Article 79(1) and that such undertaking provides them with an adequate period of availability of a number and avoid unwarranted disconnection of service.

2. Where Member States establish that, in the light of national conditions, retail prices for services identified in Article 79(1) are not affordable, because low-income or special social needs consumers are prevented from accessing such services, they shall require providers of such services to offer to those consumers tariff options or packages different from those provided under normal commercial conditions. To that end, Member States may require such undertakings to apply common tariffs, including geographic averaging, throughout the territory. Member States shall ensure that consumers entitled to such tariff options or packages have a right to contract with an undertaking providing the services identified in Article 79(1). Member States shall also ensure that such undertaking provides them with an adequate period of availability of a number and avoid unwarranted disconnection of service.

Justification: If retail prices are found to be unaffordable then the Member States should act.

Amendment 78 +[modifier]

Amendment 78
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article 80 – paragraph 3

3. Member States shall ensure that undertakings which provide tariff options or packages to low-income or special social needs end-users pursuant to paragraph 2, keep the national regulatory authorities informed of the details of such offers. National regulatory authorities shall ensure that the conditions under which undertakings provide tariff options or packages pursuant to paragraph 2 are fully transparent and are published and applied in accordance with the principle of non-discrimination. National regulatory authorities may require that specific schemes be modified or withdrawn.

3. Member States shall ensure that undertakings which provide tariff options or packages to low-income or special social needs consumers pursuant to paragraph 2, keep the national regulatory authorities informed of the details of such offers. Without prejudice on the freedom of the consumer to choose any provider, national regulatory authorities shall ensure that the conditions under which undertakings provide tariff options or packages pursuant to paragraph 2 are fully transparent and are published and applied in accordance with Article 92 and with the principle of non-discrimination. National regulatory authorities may require that specific schemes be modified or withdrawn.

Justification: Universal Service is designed for the social welfare of private consumers plus a cross reference is added

Amendment 79 +[modifier]

Amendment 79
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article 80 – paragraph 4

4. Member States may, in the light of national conditions, ensure that support is provided to low-income or special social needs end-users in view of ensuring affordability of functional internet access and voice communications services at least at a fixed location.

4. Member States may, in the light of national conditions, ensure that further support is provided to low-income or special social needs consumers in view of ensuring affordability of internet access and voice communications services at least at a fixed location. Member States may also ensure support is provided to low-income or special social needs consumers for mobile services, where they deem this to be necessary to ensure a consumer's full social and economic participation in society.

Justification: While it is implied by the Commission's original text, it should be make clear that if a member state wishes to provide support for mobile internet and voice services instead of or in addition to fixed location service, it can do so.

Amendment 84 +[modifier]

Amendment 84
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article 81 – paragraph 5

5. When an undertaking designated in accordance with paragraph 3 intends to dispose of a substantial part or all of its local access network assets to a separate legal entity under different ownership, it shall inform in advance the national regulatory authority in a timely manner, in order to allow that authority to assess the effect of the intended transaction on the provision at a fixed location of functional internet access service as defined in accordance with Article 79(2) and of voice communications service. The national regulatory authority may impose, amend or withdraw specific obligations in accordance with Article 13(2).

5. When a provider designated in accordance with paragraph 3 intends to dispose of a substantial part or all of its local access network assets to a separate legal entity under different ownership, it shall inform in advance the national regulatory authority in a timely manner, in order to allow that authority to assess the effect of the intended transaction on the provision at a fixed location of internet access service as defined in accordance with Article 79(2) and of voice communications service. The national regulatory authority may impose, amend or withdraw specific obligations in accordance with Article 13(2).

Justification: see above amendments


Amendment 94 --[modifier]

Amendment 94
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article -92 (new)

Article -92

Scope

Unless otherwise provided, number-independent interpersonal communication services shall not fall within the scope of Articles 93 to 108.

(This should be placed after the title of TITLE III. If adopted, references to "other than number-independent" would be removed)

Justification: The parts of this title in regards for number-independent interpersonal communication services are already covered by other EU legislation or are not appropriate for such services. In order to prevent the same services to be subject to double regulation, they should be excluded here. NB: This amendment should not prejudice the rapporteur from changing this proposal in light of the final adopted DCD text.

Amendment 98 ++[modifier]

Amendment 98
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article 93 – paragraph 2

2. Any of these measures regarding end-users’ access to, or use of, services and applications through electronic communications networks liable to restrict those fundamental rights or freedoms may only be imposed if they are provided for by law and respect the essence of those rights or freedoms, are appropriate, proportionate and necessary, and genuinely meet objectives of general interest recognised by the Union or the need to protect the rights and freedoms of others in line with Article 52(1) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and with general principles of Union law, including effective judicial protection and due process. Accordingly, these measures may only be taken with due respect for the principle of the presumption of innocence and the right to privacy. A prior, fair and impartial procedure shall be guaranteed, including the right to be heard of the person or persons concerned, subject to the need for appropriate conditions and procedural arrangements in duly substantiated cases of urgency in conformity with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The right to effective and timely judicial review shall be guaranteed.

2. Any measures regarding end-users' access to, or use of, services and applications through electronic communications networks liable to limit the exercise of rights or freedoms recognised by the Charter may only be imposed if they are provided for by law and respect those rights or freedoms, are appropriate, proportionate, and necessary, and genuinely meet objectives of general interest recognised by the Union or the need to protect the rights and freedoms of others in line with Article 52(1) of the Charter and with general principles of Union law, including the right to an effective judicial protection and due process. Accordingly, these measures may only be taken with due respect for the principle of the presumption of innocence and the right to privacy. A prior, fair and impartial procedure shall be guaranteed, including the right to be heard of the person or persons concerned, subject to the need for appropriate conditions and procedural arrangements in duly substantiated cases of urgency in conformity with the Charter. The right to effective and timely judicial review shall be guaranteed.

Justification: clarification of wording

Amendment 104 +[modifier]

Amendment 104
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article 95 – paragraph 3

3. Paragraphs 1 and 2 shall apply also to micro or small enterprises as end-users unless they have explicitly agreed to waive all or parts of those provisions,

3. Paragraphs 1 and 2 shall apply also to micro or small enterprises and not-for-profit organisations as end-users unless they have expressly agreed to waive all or parts of those provisions,

Justification: Non-for-Profits should also be given this right.

Amendment 133 +[modifier]

Amendment 133
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Article 100 – paragraph 2 a (new)

2a. Paragraphs 1 and 2 shall also apply to end-users who are micro or small enterprises, or not-for-profit organisations unless they have explicitly agreed to waive all or parts of those provisions.

Justification: these entities when acting as consumers should also be covered

Amendment 154 -[modifier]

Amendment 154
Dita Charanzová
ALDE
Annex V – subheading 1

LIST OF SERVICES WHICH THE FUNCTIONAL INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE SHALL BE CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 79(2)

LIST OF SERVICES WHICH THE INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 79(2) SHALL BE CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING

Justification: Aligns the title to the removal of the word 'functional' from the text

Amendment 307 --[modifier]

Amendment 307
Ivan Štefanec
EPP
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 4

(4) ‘electronic communications service’ means a service normally provided for remuneration via electronic communications networks, which encompasses 'internet access service' as defined in Article 2(2) of Regulation (EU) 2015/2120; and/or 'interpersonal communications service'; and/or services consisting wholly or mainly in the conveyance of signals such as transmission services used for the provision of machine-to-machine services and for broadcasting, but excludes services providing, or exercising editorial control over, content transmitted using electronic communications networks and services;

(4) ‘electronic communications service’ means a service normally provided for remuneration via electronic communications networks, which encompasses 'internet access service' as defined in Article 2(2) of Regulation (EU) 2015/2120; and/or 'interpersonal communications service'; and/or services consisting wholly in the conveyance of signals such as transmission services used for the provision of machine-to-machine services and for broadcasting, but excludes interpersonsal communication services as defined in paragraph (5) of the present Article, information society services, as defined in article 1 of Directive 98/34/EC, and services providing, or exercising editorial control over, content transmitted using electronic communications networks and services;


Exclusion of interpersonsal communication services from the Code and thus could exclude it from ePrivacy as well - depending on the negotiations.


Amendment 308 -[modifier]

Amendment 308
Antonio López-Istúriz White, Roberta Metsola
EPP
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 4

(4) ‘electronic communications service’ means a service normally provided for remuneration via electronic communications networks, which encompasses 'internet access service' as defined in Article 2(2) of Regulation (EU) 2015/2120; and/or 'interpersonal communications service'; and/or services consisting wholly or mainly in the conveyance of signals such as transmission services used for the provision of machine-to-machine services and for broadcasting, but excludes services providing, or exercising editorial control over, content transmitted using electronic communications networks and services;

(4) ‘electronic communications service' means a service normally provided for remuneration via publicly available electronic communications networks, which encompasses 'internet access service' as defined in Article 2(2) of Regulation (EU) 2015/2120; and/or 'interpersonal communications service'; and/or services consisting wholly in the conveyance of signals, but excludes services providing, or exercising editorial control over, content transmitted using electronic communications networks and services;

Justification: The definition of services consisting of conveyance of signals should be limited to services which are exclusively used for connectivity (wholly consisting of the conveyance of signals). This clarification is required to avoid that services which are also used for other purposes than providing the mere connectivity or which simply require connectivity are considered to fall under this category and respective rules. Keeping the legacy and vague term "consisting ‘mainly’ in the conveyance of signals", does not conform to the principle of technology neutrality, maintains legal uncertainty and risks to severely harm the development of connected devices and services, if misinterpreted, e.g. the emerging market of the Internet of Things based on M2M.


Exclude the conveyance of signals and thus all broadcasting, from the Code. Could


Amendment 309 -[modifier]

Amendment 309
Andreas Schwab, Pascal Arimont, Antonio López-Istúriz White, Eva Maydell
EPP
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 4

4) „elektronische Kommunikationsdienste“: gewöhnlich gegen Entgelt über elektronische Kommunikationsnetze erbrachte Dienste, die „Internetzugangsdienste“ im Sinne der Begriffsbestimmung des Artikels 2 Absatz 2 der Verordnung (EU) 2015/2120 und/oder „interpersonelle Kommunikationsdienste“ und/oder Dienste umfasst, die ganz oder überwiegend in der Übertragung von Signalen bestehen, wie Übertragungsdienste, die für die Maschine-Maschine-Kommunikation und für den Rundfunk genutzt werden, jedoch ausgenommen Dienste, die Inhalte über elektronische Kommunikationsnetze und -dienste anbieten oder eine redaktionelle Kontrolle über sie ausüben;

4) „elektronische Kommunikationsdienste“: gewöhnlich gegen Entgelt über elektronische Kommunikationsnetze erbrachte Dienste, die „Internetzugangsdienste“ im Sinne der Begriffsbestimmung des Artikels 2 Absatz 2 der Verordnung (EU) 2015/2120 und/oder „interpersonelle Kommunikationsdienste“ und/oder Dienste umfasst, die ganz oder überwiegend in der Übertragung von Signalen bestehen, wie Übertragungsdienste, die für den Rundfunk genutzt werden, jedoch ausgenommen Dienste, die Inhalte über elektronische Kommunikationsnetze und -dienste anbieten oder eine redaktionelle Kontrolle über sie ausüben;


Almost the same as AM 308


Amendment 311 +[modifier]

Amendment 311
Marlene Mizzi, Maria Grapini, Marc Tarabella, Lucy Anderson
S&D
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 5

(5) 'interpersonal communications service’ means a service normally provided for remuneration that enables direct interpersonal and interactive exchange of information via electronic communications networks between a finite number of persons, whereby the persons initiating or participating in the communication determine its recipient(s); it does not include services which enable interpersonal and interactive communication merely as a minor ancillary feature that is intrinsically linked to another service;

(5) 'interpersonal communications service’ means a service normally provided for remuneration that enables direct interpersonal and interactive exchange of information via electronic communications networks between a finite number of persons, whereby the persons initiating or participating in the communication determine its recipient(s);

Justification: Interpersonal communication services are increasingly becoming features of many complex, multi-featured digital services. Determining which one is the main service and thus all determine that all others are ancillary is likely going to be an increasingly difficult task to do.


Remove the exception of "services which enable interpersonal and interactive communication merely as a minor ancillary feature" - This could ensure an implementation similar to ePrivacy


Amendment 312 +[modifier]

Amendment 312
Ivan Štefanec
EPP
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 5

(5) 'interpersonal communications service’ means a service normally provided for remuneration that enables direct interpersonal and interactive exchange of information via electronic communications networks between a finite number of persons, whereby the persons initiating or participating in the communication determine its recipient(s); it does not include services which enable interpersonal and interactive communication merely as a minor ancillary feature that is intrinsically linked to another service;

(5) 'interpersonal communications service’ means a service normally provided for remuneration that enables direct interpersonal and interactive exchange of information via electronic communications networks between a finite number of persons, whereby the persons initiating or participating in the communication determine its recipient(s); it includes services which enable interpersonal and interactive communication even as a ancillary feature that is intrinsically linked to another service;


includes ancillary services

Amendment 314 -[modifier]

Amendment 314
Kaja Kallas
ALDE
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 5

(5) 'interpersonal communications service’ means a service normally provided for remuneration that enables direct interpersonal and interactive exchange of information via electronic communications networks between a finite number of persons, whereby the persons initiating or participating in the communication determine its recipient(s); it does not include services which enable interpersonal and interactive communication merely as a minor ancillary feature that is intrinsically linked to another service;

(5) 'interpersonal communications service' means a service normally provided for remuneration where the principal purpose of the service is devoted to enabling direct interpersonal and interactive exchange of information via electronic communications networks between a finite number of persons, whereby the persons initiating or participating in the communication determine its recipient(s);


Amendment 315 -[modifier]

Amendment 315
Lambert van Nistelrooij, Mihai Ţurcanu, Antanas Guoga, Sabine Verheyen
EPP
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 5

(5) 'interpersonal communications service’ means a service normally provided for remuneration that enables direct interpersonal and interactive exchange of information via electronic communications networks between a finite number of persons, whereby the persons initiating or participating in the communication determine its recipient(s); it does not include services which enable interpersonal and interactive communication merely as a minor ancillary feature that is intrinsically linked to another service;

(5) 'interpersonal communications service' means a service normally provided for remuneration that enables direct interpersonal and interactive exchange of information via electronic communications networks between a finite number of persons, whereby the person(s) initiating or participating in the communication determine its recipient(s). It is the nature of such a service that it is bidirectional. It does not include services which enable interpersonal and interactive communication only as a minor ancillary feature.


Amendment 330 +[modifier]

Amendment 330
Marlene Mizzi, Nicola Danti, Maria Grapini, Marc Tarabella, Lucy Anderson
S&D
Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2

National regulatory and other competent 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 and other competent authorities shall contribute within their competencies to ensuring the implementation of policies aimed at the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as media pluralism.

Justification: Despite the fact that the Directive does not lay down substantive rules regarding content and only on networks and services, national authorities need to play close attention to the impact that markets have on each other. The degree of competition in telecommunications markets can significantly impact media and content pluralism in Europe, reducing consumers’ ability to access the content and services of their choice.


This AM give the NRAs the obligation to take into account policies such as media pluralism


Amendment 334 +[modifier]

Amendment 334
Marlene Mizzi, Maria Grapini, Marc Tarabella
S&D
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point c

(c) contribute to the development of the internal market by removing remaining obstacles to, and facilitating convergent conditions for, investment in and the provision of electronic communications networks, associated facilities and services and electronic communications services throughout the Union, by developing common rules and predictable regulatory approaches, by favouring the effective, efficient and coordinated use of spectrum, open innovation, the establishment and development of trans-European networks, the availability and interoperability of pan-European services, and end-to-end connectivity;

(c) contribute to the development of the internal market in particular by ensuring effective and fair competition, as well as social and territorial cohesion by removing remaining obstacles to, and facilitating convergent conditions for, investment in and the provision of electronic communications networks, associated facilities and services and electronic communications services throughout the Union, by developing common rules and predictable regulatory approaches, by favouring the effective, efficient and coordinated use of spectrum, open innovation, the establishment and development of trans-European networks, the availability and interoperability of pan-European services, and end-to-end connectivity and equivalent access for all end-users;


Insert the social and territorial cohesion as well as equality for end-users


Amendment 335 +[modifier]

Amendment 335
Marlene Mizzi, Virginie Rozière, Maria Grapini, Marc Tarabella, Olga Sehnalová, Lucy Anderson
S&D
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point d

(d) promote the interests of the citizens of the Union, including in the long term, by ensuring widespread availability and take-up of very high capacity connectivity, both fixed and mobile, and of interpersonal communications services, by enabling maximum benefits in terms of choice, price and quality on the basis of effective competition, by maintaining security of networks and services, by ensuring a high and common level of protection for end-users through the necessary sector-specific rules and by addressing the needs, such as for affordable prices, of specific social groups, in particular disabled users, elderly users and users with special social needs.

(d) promote the interests of the citizens of the Union, cultural diversity and media pluralism and including in the long term, by ensuring widespread availability and take-up of very high capacity connectivity, both fixed and mobile, and of interpersonal communications services including through video, real time text, and relay services for end-users with disabilities, by enabling maximum benefits in terms of choice, price and quality on the basis of effective competition, by maintaining security of networks and services, by ensuring a high level of consumer protection through minimum harmonisation for end-users through the necessary sector-specific rules and by addressing the needs, such as for affordable prices, of specific social groups, in particular disabled users, elderly users and users with special social needs.

Justification: The Aim of the code should also be to create an inclusive electronic communication market for all end-users.


Insert cultural diversity and media pluralism, as well as a minimum harmonisation for consumer protection enabling Member States to get more protective rules


Amendment 344 +[modifier]

Amendment 344
Kaja Kallas
ALDE
Article 12 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 2 a (new)

Member States shall ensure that the taking up and pursuit of the activity of a number-independent communications service provider may not be made subject to prior authorisation or any other requirement having equivalent effect.


This AM would enable anyone to propose new number-independent communications services without having to get an authorisation. This would facilitate innovation.

Amendment 373 +[modifier]

Amendment 373
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Article 39 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1

Member States shall encourage the use of the standards and/or specifications referred to in paragraph 1, for the provision of services, technical interfaces and/or network functions, to the extent strictly necessary to ensure interoperability of services and to improve freedom of choice for users.

Member States shall encourage the use of the standards and/or specifications referred to in paragraph 1, for the provision of services, technical interfaces and/or network functions, to the extent strictly necessary to ensure interoperability and interconnectivity of services in order to improve freedom of choice for users and facilitate switching.

Justification: This amendment is necessary for the internal logic and coherence of the text


Interconnectivity


Amendment 377 ++[modifier]

Amendment 377
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Article 40 – paragraph 1

1. Member States shall ensure that undertakings providing public communications networks or publicly available electronic communications services take appropriate technical and organisational measures to appropriately manage the risks posed to security of networks and services. Having regard to the state of the art, these measures shall ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk presented. In particular, measures shall be taken to prevent and minimise the impact of security incidents on users and on other networks and services.

1. Member States shall ensure that undertakings providing public communications networks or publicly available electronic communications services take appropriate technical and organisational measures to appropriately manage the risks posed to security of networks and services. Having regard to the state of the art, these measures shall ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk presented. In particular, measures shall be taken to ensure that, whenever technically feasible, electronic communications content is encrypted from end-to-end by default, in order to prevent and minimise the impact of security incidents on users and on other networks and services.

Justification: This amendment is necessary to ensure that content are encrypted end-to-end for coherence with the GDPR.


Encryption


Amendment 378 ++[modifier]

Amendment 378
Kaja Kallas
ALDE
Article 40 – paragraph 1

1. Member States shall ensure that undertakings providing public communications networks or publicly available electronic communications services take appropriate technical and organisational measures to appropriately manage the risks posed to security of networks and services. Having regard to the state of the art, these measures shall ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk presented. In particular, measures shall be taken to prevent and minimise the impact of security incidents on users and on other networks and services.

1. Member States shall ensure that undertakings providing public communications networks or publicly available electronic communications services take appropriate technical and organisational measures to appropriately manage the risks posed to security of networks and services. Having regard to the state of the art, these measures shall ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk presented. In particular, measures shall be taken to ensure that electronic communications content are encrypted from end-to-end by default, in order to prevent and minimise the impact of security incidents on users and on other networks and services.


Encryption


Amendment 380 +[modifier]

Amendment 380
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Article 40 – paragraph 1 a (new)

1 a. Member States shall not impose any obligation on providers of public communications networks or publicly available electronic communications services that would result in a weakening of the security of their networks or services. Where Member States impose additional security requirements on providers of public communications networks or publicly available electronic communications services in more than one Member State, they shall notify these measures to the Commission and ENISA. ENISA shall assist Member States in coordinating the measures taken to avoid duplication or diverging requirements that may create security risks and barriers to the internal market.

Justification: This amendment is necessary to ensure coherence with GDPR


security requirements


Amendment 381 +[modifier]

Amendment 381
Kaja Kallas
ALDE
Article 40 – paragraph 1 a (new)

1 a. Member States shall not impose any obligation to undertakings providing public communications networks or publicly available electronic communications services that would result in the weakening of the security of their networks and services.


Security


Amendment 400 -[modifier]

Amendment 400
Andreas Schwab
EPP
Article 41 – paragraph 2 – introductory part

2. Member States shall ensure that competent authorities have the power to require undertakings providing public communications networks or publicly available electronic communications services to:

2. Member States shall ensure that competent authorities have the power to require undertakings providing public communications networks, publicly available voice communication services or publicly available Internet Access Services to:


Aim to exclude non-numbering communication services from the scope.


Amendment 408 ++[modifier]

Amendment 408
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Article 55 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2

Where that provision is not commercial in character or is ancillary to another commercial activity or public service which is not dependent on the conveyance of signals on those networks, any undertaking, public authority or end-user providing such access shall not be subject to any general authorisation for the provision of electronic communications networks or services pursuant to Article 12, to obligations regarding end-users rights pursuant to Title III of Part III of this Directive nor to obligations to interconnect their networks pursuant to Article 59 (1).

Where that provision is not commercial in character or is ancillary to another commercial activity or public service which is not dependent on the conveyance of signals on those networks, any undertaking, public authority or user providing such access shall not be subject to any general authorisation for the provision of electronic communications networks or services pursuant to Article 12, to obligations regarding users rights pursuant to Title III of Part III of this Directive, to obligations to interconnect their networks pursuant to Article 59 (1) nor to an obligation to identify third parties using such access. Individuals providing such access not-for-profit shall not be liable for information transmitted by third parties over such access.

Justification: The Proposal intends to foster the development of radio local area networks, especially where they provide services which are not commercial in character. The development of such networks mainly depends on the personal participation of individual volunteers, who expend the networks by managing their own relays and access points. However, such a participation is hindered by several laws which seek to prevent the sharing of Internet connections amongst several users by making people responsible (and potentially liable) for all communication made through their Wi-Fi connection, and create legal risks for people sharing their connection.Furthermore, the “mere conduit” principle shall not be circumvented by imposing dangerous and ineffective obligations on operators. The Advocate General of the CJEU explained in the case C 484/14 (McFadden) that imposing on Wi-Fi network operators an obligation “to identify users and to retain their data” would be “clearly disproportionate” as it “would not in itself be effective”. He stated that, “given the ease with which they may be circumvented, security measures are not effective in preventing specific infringements”.Indeed, since Wi-Fi network operators are not legally entitled to check users’ identity, those intending to commit offences through the network may simply not give their true identity. Meanwhile, other users would have their personal data stored and associated with their name for no reason, unnecessarily affecting their fundamental right to the protection of personal data.Public authorities may identify offenders in much more effective ways through direct surveillance and interceptions.


McFadden AM


Amendment 409 +[modifier]

Amendment 409
Marlene Mizzi, Maria Grapini, Marc Tarabella
S&D
Article 55 – paragraph 2

2. Competent authorities shall not prevent providers of public communications networks or publicly available electronic communications services from allowing access to their networks to the public, through radio local area networks, which may be located at an end-user's premises, subject to compliance with the applicable general authorisation conditions and the prior informed agreement of the end-user.

2. Competent authorities may not prevent providers of public communications networks or publicly available electronic communications services from allowing access to their networks to the public, through radio local area networks, which may be located at an end-user's premises, subject to compliance with the applicable general authorisation to the prior informed and explicit agreement of the end-user and to the condition that the bandwidth contracted by the end-user shall not be impacted/reduced. End-users that agree to make available publicy available radio local area networks deliver through their terminal equipment and/or that use the electronic communication service they are a subscriber of, shall never be deemed liable for any activity undertaking by another person or legal entity connected through the radio local area network.


It is of the utmost importance to ensure that the users are not liable for any use of the radio local area network by a third party.


Amendment 411 ++[modifier]

Amendment 411
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Article 55 – paragraph 3 a (new)

3 a. In line, in particular, with recital (19) of Directive 2014/53/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, manufacturers of radio equipment are exempted from demonstrating the compliance of the combination of the radio equipment and software, where such software may be freely used, studied, modified and distributed, even after been modified, by anyone. These manufacturers shall not restrict the rights of users to load such software into their radio equipment.

Justification: Article 3.3(i) of Directive 2014/53/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council provides that device manufacturers have to check every software which can be loaded on the device regarding its compliance with applicable radio regulations (e.g. signal frequency and strength).However, recital (19) of this Directive provides that “verification by radio equipment of the compliance of its combination with software should not be abused in order to prevent its use with software provided by independent parties. The availability to public authorities, manufacturers and users of information on the compliance of intended combinations of radio equipment and software should contribute to facilitate competition”.Article 3.3(i) is not only a severe burden for manufacturers but also violating the customers' rights of free choice. They will be locked in to software of the manufacturers because they cannot choose the software and hardware independently anymore. This aspect is crucial because alternative, especially Free Software, often satisfies special requirements regarding security, technical features and standards.It may severely hinder the development of radio local area networks which relays and access points (radio equipments) are managed by individual volunteers using custom Free Software adapted to such networks. Since Free Software may be freely studied and improved by anyone, they should not be subject to the restriction imposed by article 3.3(i).


Ability to use free software


Amendment 412 -[modifier]

Amendment 412
Ivan Štefanec
EPP
Article 59 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1

National regulatory authorities shall, acting in pursuit of the objectives set out in Article 3, encourage and where appropriate ensure, in accordance with the provisions of this Directive, adequate access and interconnection, and the interoperability of services, exercising their responsibility in a way that promotes efficiency, sustainable competition, the deployment of very high capacity networks, efficient investment and innovation, and gives the maximum benefit to end-users. They shall provide guidance and make publicly available the procedures applicable to gain access and interconnection to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises and operators with a limited geographical reach can benefit from the obligations imposed.

National regulatory authorities shall, acting in pursuit of the objectives set out in Article 3, encourage and where appropriate ensure, in accordance with the provisions of this Directive, adequate access and interconnection, and the interoperability of Internet Access, number-based Interpersonal Communications Services and of electronic Communication Networks, , exercising their responsibility in a way that promotes efficiency, sustainable competition, the deployment of very high capacity networks, efficient investment and innovation, and gives the maximum benefit to end-users. They shall provide guidance and make publicly available the procedures applicable to gain access and interconnection to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises and operators with a limited geographical reach can benefit from the obligations imposed. They shall ensure that interoperability obligations remain proportionate and do not hinder the innovation potential of ECS providers that invest in the development of new technologies.


Limitation of interoperability that could put an end to the efforts to make the electronic communication services interoperable.


Amendment 432 ++[modifier]

Amendment 432
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Article 71 – paragraph 2 – point c

(c) the feasibility of providing the access proposed, in relation to the capacity available;

(c) the long-term efficiency of land-use planning, in relation to a harmonious economic development in the territories concerned;

Justification: The role of NRAs is not to secure the investments of operators but to ensure a harmonious development in the territories and give to all equal access to the market and services.


This AM aim to take into account the long term efficiency of land use planning.


Amendment 433 ++[modifier]

Amendment 433
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Article 71 – paragraph 2 – point d

(d) the initial investment by the facility owner, taking account of any public investment made and the risks involved in making the investment with particular regard to investments in and risk levels associated with very high capacity networks;

(d) the need to maintain an open market, enabling new entrants to operate in reasonable and equitable economic conditions;

Justification: The role of NRAs is not to secure the investments of operators but to ensure a harmonious development in the territories and give to all equal access to the market and services.


The role of NRAs is not to secure the investments of operators but to ensure a harmonious development in the territories and give to all equal access to the market and services.


Amendment 436 +[modifier]

Amendment 436
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Article 72 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2

In determining whether or not price control obligations would be appropriate, national regulatory authorities shall take into account long-term end-user interests related to the deployment and take-up of next-generation networks, and in particular of very high capacity networks. In particular, to encourage investments by the operator, including in next-generation networks, national regulatory authorities shall take into account the investment made by the operator. Where the national regulatory authorities deem price controls appropriate, they shall allow the operator a reasonable rate of return on adequate capital employed, taking into account any risks specific to a particular new investment network project.

In determining whether or not price control obligations would be appropriate, national regulatory authorities shall take into account long-term end-user interests related to the deployment and take-up of next-generation networks, and in particular of very high capacity networks.

Justification: In accordance with rule 104 of the rules of procedure this amendment is necessary in order to maintain the internal logic of the text and its coherence.


The role of NRAs is not to secure the investments of operators but to ensure a harmonious development in the territories and give to all equal access to the market and services.


Amendment 440 --[modifier]

Amendment 440
Antonio López-Istúriz White
EPP
Article 72 – paragraph 3

3. Where an operator has an obligation regarding the cost orientation of its prices, the burden of proof that charges are derived from costs including a reasonable rate of return on investment shall lie with the operator concerned. For the purpose of calculating the cost of efficient provision of services, national regulatory authorities may use cost accounting methods independent of those used by the undertaking. National regulatory authorities may require an operator to provide full justification for its prices, and may, where appropriate, require prices to be adjusted.

deleted

Justification: The framework should guarantee more pricing flexibility for investors. The proposed regulatory relief is not sufficient to achieve the Gigabit Society 2025 targets and bridge the existing investment gap.


This AM aims to exclude the NRA from the price regulation. This is very dangereous and would enable operators to increase their monopolistic situation.


Amendment 441 --[modifier]

Amendment 441
Antonio López-Istúriz White
EPP
Article 72 – paragraph 4

4. National regulatory authorities shall ensure that, where implementation of a cost accounting system is mandated in order to support price controls, a description of the cost accounting system is made publicly available, showing at least the main categories under which costs are grouped and the rules used for the allocation of costs. Compliance with the cost accounting system shall be verified by a qualified independent body. A statement concerning compliance shall be published annually.

deleted

Justification: The framework should guarantee more pricing flexibility for investors. The proposed regulatory relief is not sufficient to achieve the Gigabit Society 2025 targets and bridge the existing investment gap.


As for AM 440, this AM seek to lower the possibility for NRAs to regulate and control the prices.


Amendment 442 ++[modifier]

Amendment 442
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Article 74 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – introductory part

A national regulatory authority shall not impose obligations as regards new network elements that are part of the relevant market on which it intends to impose or maintain obligations in accordance with Articles 66 and Articles 67 to 72 and that the operator designated as significant market power on that relevant market has deployed or is planning to deploy, if the following cumulative conditions are met:

When imposing obligations in accordance with article 66 and 67 to 72 national regulatory authority shall take into account co-investment agreements:

Justification: Current provisions for co-investment practices do not allow non-profit or local ISPs to participate in the investments, restricting this opportunity only to larger and incumbent actors. Although Community Networks (CN) and local actors have proven successful in connecting underprivileged communities both in urban and rural areas, it would be only normal to considered them equal members of the telecoms ecosystem, thus giving them fair and equal access to co-investment opportunities. Moreover, co-investment in a certain area must be considered an oligopoly of a few powerful actors that work as a cartel. This is thus not acceptable to reduce the obligations. Furthermore, the access to co-investment agreement shall be affordable for small operators.


Current provisions for co-investment practices do not allow non-profit or local ISPs to participate in the investments, restricting this opportunity only to larger and incumbent actors.


Amendment 444 --[modifier]

Amendment 444
Antonio López-Istúriz White, Roberta Metsola
EPP
Article 74 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point a

(a) the deployment of the new network elements is open to co-investment offers according to a transparent process and on terms which favour sustainable competition in the long term including inter alia fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms offered to potential co-investors; flexibility in terms of the value and timing of the commitment provided by each co-investor; possibility to increase such commitment in the future; reciprocal rights awarded by the co-investors after the deployment of the co-invested infrastructure;

(a) the deployment of the new network elements either

(i) is open to co-investment offers according to a transparent process and on terms which favour sustainable competition in the long term including inter alia fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms offered to potential co-investors; flexibility in terms of the value and timing of the commitment provided by each co-investor; possibility to increase such commitment in the future; reciprocal rights awarded by the co-investors after the deployment of the co-invested infrastructure; or

(ii) is conducted by a single undertaking that provides a wholesale offer on terms which favour competition in the long term by including, inter alia, fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms offered to potential access seekers; mechanisms for risk-sharing; flexibility in terms of the value and timing of the commitment provided by each access seeker; possibility to increase such commitment in the future;


Co-investment


Amendment 445 +[modifier]

Amendment 445
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Article 74 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point b

(b) the deployment of the new network elements contributes significantly to the deployment of very high capacity networks;

deleted

Justification: In accordance with rule 104 of the rules of procedure this amendment is necessary in order to maintain the internal logic of the text and its coherence.


Co-investment


Amendment 446 +[modifier]

Amendment 446
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Article 74 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point c

(c) access seekers not participating in the co-investment can benefit from the same quality, speed, conditions and end-user reach as was available before the deployment, either through commercial agreements based on fair and reasonable terms or by means of regulated access maintained or adapted by the national regulatory authority;

deleted

Justification: In accordance with rule 104 of the rules of procedure this amendment is necessary in order to maintain the internal logic of the text and its coherence.


Co-investment


Amendment 447 -[modifier]

Amendment 447
Antonio López-Istúriz White, Roberta Metsola
EPP
Article 74 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point c

(c) access seekers not participating in the co-investment can benefit from the same quality, speed, conditions and end-user reach as was available before the deployment, either through commercial agreements based on fair and reasonable terms or by means of regulated access maintained or adapted by the national regulatory authority;

(c) access seekers not participating in one of the deployment models listed in point (a) can benefit from the same quality, speed, conditions and end-user reach as was available before the deployment, either through commercial agreements based on fair and reasonable terms or by means of regulated access maintained or adapted by the national regulatory authority.

Justification: Code for new network elements should be broaden beyond co-investment to other models of commercial agreements, in particular to commercial access agreements, since they have a similar pro-competitive impact in the concerned retail markets. Co-investment is a particular case of a commercial agreement, but not the only one.


Amendment 448 --[modifier]

Amendment 448
Antonio López-Istúriz White, Roberta Metsola
EPP
Article 74 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2

When assessing co-investment offers and processes referred to in point (a) of the first subparagraph, national regulatory authorities shall ensure that those offers and processes comply with the criteria set out in Annex IV.

deleted

Justification: Code for new network elements should be broaden beyond co-investment to other models of commercial agreements, in particular to commercial access agreements, since they have a similar pro-competitive impact in the concerned retail markets. Co-investment is a particular case of a commercial agreement, but not the only one.


This AM aims to remove the annexe IV that gives definition of co-investments conditions. This annexe is important in order to enable not-for-profit or small and local ISP to get an access to co-investments.


Amendment 449 ++[modifier]

Amendment 449
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Article 74 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2

When assessing co-investment offers and processes referred to in point (a) of the first subparagraph, national regulatory authorities shall ensure that those offers and processes comply with the criteria set out in Annex IV.

When assessing co-investment agreements referred to the first paragraph, national regulatory authorities shall ensure that those offers and processes comply with the criteria set out in Annex IV.

Justification: Current provisions for co-investment practices do not allow non-profit or local ISPs to participate in the investments, restricting this opportunity only to larger and incumbent actors. Although Community Networks (CN) and local actors have proven successful in connecting underprivileged communities both in urban and rural areas, it would be only normal to considered them equal members of the telecoms ecosystem, thus giving them fair and equal access to co-investment opportunities.Moreover, co-investment in a certain area must be considered an oligopoly of a few powerful actors that work as a cartel.This is thus not acceptable to reduce the obligations. Furthermore, the access to co-investment agreement shall be affordable for small operators.


Current provisions for co-investment practices do not allow non-profit or local ISPs to participate in the investments, restricting this opportunity only to larger and incumbent actors


Amendment 451 +[modifier]

Amendment 451
Marlene Mizzi, Nicola Danti, Olga Sehnalová, Maria Grapini, Marc Tarabella
S&D
Article 79 – paragraph 1

1. Member States shall ensure that all end-users in their territory have access at an affordable price, in the light of specific national conditions, to available functional internet access and voice communications services at the quality specified in their territory, including the underlying connection, at least at a fixed location.

1. Member States shall ensure that all end-users in their territory have access at an affordable price, in the light of specific national conditions, to available broadband internet access and communications services at the quality specified in their territory, including the underlying connection, at least at a fixed location. The available, accessible and affordable universal service is indispensable for enabling social inclusion and providing a social safety net by establishing a right to a basic internet access service.

(Horizontal amendment: the word "functional" should be deleted throughout the text)

Justification: The Universal Service Obligation is necessary to make sure that citizens are not left behind and have access to internet, which in today's digital environment is an essential tool to provide access to information and education especially for socially disadvantage communities. However the definition of access to "functional internet access service" that is directly linked to the services provided in Annex V is unclear and could lead to confusion and contradicts the net neutrality obligations under Regulation 2120/2015;


Enable a broadband internet access under the universal service. The users that benefit of such a service shall get a broadband internet access to avoid that they lag behind and to reduce disparities.


Amendment 455 +[modifier]

Amendment 455
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Article 79 – paragraph 1

1. Member States shall ensure that all end-users in their territory have access at an affordable price, in the light of specific national conditions, to available functional internet access and voice communications services at the quality specified in their territory, including the underlying connection, at least at a fixed location.

1. Member States shall ensure that all end-users in their territory have access at an affordable price, in the light of specific national conditions, to available broadband internet access and conversational communications services at the quality specified in their territory, including the underlying connection, at least at a fixed location.

Justification: A universal service for everyone, should also be suitable for persons with disabilities therefore include other means of communication


Enable a broadband internet access under the universal service. The users that benefit of such a service shall get a broadband internet access to avoid that they lag behind and to reduce disparities.


Amendment 458 +[modifier]

Amendment 458
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Article 79 – paragraph 2

2. Member States shall define the functional internet access service referred to in paragraph 1 with a view to adequately reflect services used by the majority of end-users in their territory. To that end, the functional internet access service shall be capable of supporting the minimum set of services set out in Annex V.

deleted

Justification: This amendment is necessary in order to ensure the internal logic and coherence of the text


This is not acceptable to get only a functional access to internet for people who benefit from universal service


Amendment 460 +[modifier]

Amendment 460
Marlene Mizzi, Maria Grapini, Marc Tarabella, Lucy Anderson
S&D
Article 79 – paragraph 2

2. Member States shall define the functional internet access service referred to in paragraph 1 with a view to adequately reflect services used by the majority of end-users in their territory. To that end, the functional internet access service shall be capable of supporting the minimum set of services set out in Annex V.

2. Member States shall define internet access services referred to in paragraph 1 with a view to ensure they reflect the services used by the majority of end-users in their territory.

Justification: The Universal Service Obligation is necessary to make sure that citizens are not left behind and have access to internet, which in today's digital environment is an essential tool to provide access to information and education especially for socially disadvantage communities. However the definition of access to "functional internet access service" that is directly linked to the services provided in Annex V is unclear and could lead to confusion and contradicts the net neutrality obligations under Regulation 2120/2015;


The Universal Service Obligation is necessary to make sure that citizens are not left behind and have access to internet, which in today's digital environment is an essential tool to provide access to information and education especially for socially disadvantage communities.


Amendment 530 ++[modifier]

Amendment 530
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Article 93 – paragraph 2 a (new)

2 a. In accordance with Articles 7, 8 and 11 and Article 52(1) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Member States shall not impose general and indiscriminate retention of all traffic and location data of all subscribers and registered users relating to their electronic communications.

Justification: On 21 December 2016 (cases C 203/15 and C 698/15, “Tele2”), the CJEU has settled a fundamental debate by interpreting the Charter as precluding national legislation which provides for general and indiscriminate retention of all traffic and location data of all subscribers and registered users relating to their electronic communications.Since several Member States have yet to comply with this decisive decision and may be reluctant to do so, it should be now enacted as law.


This AM aims to ensure the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Tele2 Ruling


Amendment 532 +[modifier]

Amendment 532
Vicky Ford
EPP
Article 94 – paragraph 1

Member States shall not maintain or introduce in their national law end-user protection provisions on the subject-matters covered by this Title and diverging from the provisions laid down in this Title, including more or less stringent provisions to ensure a different level of protection, unless otherwise provided for in this Title.

Member States may maintain or introduce into their national law end-user protection provisions on the subject-matters covered by this Title offering a higher level of end-user protection where additional protections are considered necessary or where an explicit derogation is provided for in this Title.

Justification: Where specific consumer measures in national legislation exist, Member States may maintain the possibility to have a higher level of end-user protection where they have identified consumer harm or are responding to specific consumer protection concerns arising from national market practices.


Enable to get better consumer protection in Member States


Amendment 533 +[modifier]

Amendment 533
Curzio Maltese, Jiří Maštálka
GUE/NGL
Article 94 – paragraph 1

Member States shall not maintain or introduce in their national law end-user protection provisions on the subject-matters covered by this Title and diverging from the provisions laid down in this Title, including more or less stringent provisions to ensure a different level of protection, unless otherwise provided for in this Title.

Member States shall maintain and introduce in their national law end-user protection provisions on the subject-matters covered by this Title, including more stringent provisions to ensure a higher level of protection for the end user.

Justification: This amendment is needed to ensure that the text is logical and coherent. The minimum harmonisation approach allows (and has done for the last 20 years) Member States and NRBs to adopt more stringent measures at national level, in order to meet the specific needs of users. Also commercial practices that are just as specific are making a comeback in the Member States.


This amendment is needed to ensure that the text is logical and coherent. The minimum harmonisation approach allows (and has done for the last 20 years) Member States and NRBs to adopt more stringent measures at national level, in order to meet the specific needs of users. Also commercial practices that are just as specific are making a comeback in the Member States.


Amendment 534 +[modifier]

Amendment 534
Marlene Mizzi, Virginie Rozière, Maria Grapini, Marc Tarabella, Evelyne Gebhardt, Lucy Anderson
S&D
Article 94 – paragraph 1

Member States shall not maintain or introduce in their national law end-user protection provisions on the subject-matters covered by this Title and diverging from the provisions laid down in this Title, including more or less stringent provisions to ensure a different level of protection, unless otherwise provided for in this Title.

Member States may maintain or introduce in their national law additional requirements on end-user protection provisions on the subject-matters covered by this Title and diverging from the provisions laid down in this Title, to ensure a higher level of consumer protection.

Justification: Full harmonisation has a negative impact on consumer’ rights in MS, where national legislation provides for higher level of consumer protection rules.


Enable to get better consumer protection in Member States

Amendment 566 -[modifier]

Amendment 566
Marlene Mizzi, Virginie Rozière, Maria Grapini, Marc Tarabella, Lucy Anderson
S&D
Article 95 – paragraph 1 – point d – point iii

(iii) any charges due on early termination of the contract, including any cost recovery with respect to terminal equipment and other promotional advantages,

(iii) any compensations due on early termination of the contract, including information on unlocking the terminal equipment and any cost recovery with respect to terminal equipment,


This AM enable indirectly to lock the terminal equipment.


Amendment 605 +[modifier]

Amendment 605
Marlene Mizzi, Virginie Rozière, Maria Grapini, Marc Tarabella, Lucy Anderson, Evelyne Gebhardt
S&D
Article 96 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 3

Comparison tools fulfilling the requirements in points (a) to (g) shall, upon request, be certified by national regulatory authorities. Third parties shall have a right to use, free of charge, the information published by undertakings providing publicly available electronic communications services, other than number-independent interpersonal communications services, for the purposes of making available such independent comparison tools.

Comparison tools fulfilling the requirements in points (a) to (g) shall, upon request, be certified by national regulatory authorities. Third parties shall have a right to use, free of charge and in open data formats the information published by undertakings providing publicly available electronic communications services, other than number-independent interpersonal communications services, for the purposes of making available such independent comparison tools.


Promotion of open data formats and thus interoperability


Amendment 611 -[modifier]

Amendment 611
Ivan Štefanec
EPP
Article 97 – paragraph 1

1. National regulatory authorities may require providers of internet access services and of publicly available number-based interpersonal communications services to publish comprehensive, comparable, reliable, user-friendly and up-to-date information for end-users on the quality of their services and on measures taken to ensure equivalence in access for disabled end-users. That information shall, on request, be supplied to the national regulatory authority in advance of its publication.

deleted


This AM deletes the article that ensure a good and clear information of users by operators, through the control and regulation of NRA. Such a deletion would enable the operators to give a fragmented and incomplete information to the user ib tge quality of services.


Amendment 616 -[modifier]

Amendment 616
Ivan Štefanec
EPP
Article 97 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1

National regulatory authorities shall specify, taking utmost account of BEREC guidelines, the quality of service parameters to be measured and the applicable measurement methods, and the content, form and manner of the information to be published, including possible quality certification mechanisms. Where appropriate, the parameters, definitions and measurement methods set out in Annex IX shall be used.

deleted


This AM also tries to diminish the regulation from NRA regarding the quality of service.


Amendment 618 -[modifier]

Amendment 618
Ivan Štefanec
EPP
Article 97 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2

By [entry into force plus 18 months], in order to contribute to a consistent application of this paragraph, BEREC shall adopt, after consultation of stakeholders and in close cooperation with the Commission, guidelines on the relevant quality of service parameters, including parameters relevant for disabled end-users, the applicable measurement methods, the content and format of publication of the information, and quality certification mechanisms.

deleted


This AM also tries to diminish the regulation from NRA regarding the quality of service as well as transparency from operators.


Amendment 619 -[modifier]

Amendment 619
Vicky Ford
EPP
Article 97 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2

By [entry into force plus 18 months], in order to contribute to a consistent application of this paragraph, BEREC shall adopt, after consultation of stakeholders and in close cooperation with the Commission, guidelines on the relevant quality of service parameters, including parameters relevant for disabled end-users, the applicable measurement methods, the content and format of publication of the information, and quality certification mechanisms.

deleted

Justification: There is no need for BEREC to adopt specific guidelines to monitorquality of service as this is adequately addressed under existing legislation and guidance.


This AM also tries to diminish the regulation from NRA regarding the quality of service as well as transparency from operators.


Amendment 765 +[modifier]

Amendment 765
Marlene Mizzi, Kerstin Westphal, Maria Grapini, Marc Tarabella, Lucy Anderson, Evelyne Gebhardt
S&D
Annex V

Annex V

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LIST OF SERVICES WHICH THE FUNCTIONAL INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE SHALL BE CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 79(2)

(1) E-mail

(2) search engines enabling search and finding of all type of information

(3) basic training and education online tools

(4) online newspapers/news

(5) buying/ordering goods or services online

(6) job searching and job searching tools

(7) professional networking

(8) internet banking

(9) eGovernment service use

(10) social media and instant messaging

(11) calls and video calls (standard quality)


This AM deletes the annex V that defines the functional internet access service. In order to ensure an equal access to internet for all users, the beneficiaries of universal service should get a broadband access.


Amendment 766 +[modifier]

Amendment 766
Vicky Ford
EPP
Annex V

Annex V

deleted

LIST OF SERVICES WHICH THE FUNCTIONAL INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE SHALL BE CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 79(2)

(1) E-mail

(2) search engines enabling search and finding of all type of information

(3) basic training and education online tools

(4) online newspapers/news

(5) buying/ordering goods or services online

(6) job searching and job searching tools

(7) professional networking

(8) internet banking

(9) eGovernment service use

(10) social media and instant messaging

(11) calls and video calls (standard quality)

Justification: Defining “functional internet access service” based on a list of online services it should be ableto deliver is too restrictive.


This AM deletes the annex V that defines the functional internet access service. In order to ensure an equal access to internet for all users, the beneficiaries of universal service should get a broadband access.


Amendment 767 +[modifier]

Amendment 767
Julia Reda
Verts/ALE
Annex V

Annex V

deleted

LIST OF SERVICES WHICH THE FUNCTIONAL INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE SHALL BE CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 79(2)

(1) E-mail

(2) search engines enabling search and finding of all type of information

(3) basic training and education online tools

(4) online newspapers/news

(5) buying/ordering goods or services online

(6) job searching and job searching tools

(7) professional networking

(8) internet banking

(9) eGovernment service use

(10) social media and instant messaging

(11) calls and video calls (standard quality)

Justification: Today and tomorrow, an Internet connection is at the center of everyone's life. Being connected to the Internet cannot be restricted to a slow and uneven connection. The access to a proposed functional Internet that does not have the same characteristics, and especially the same speed, as normal offers is a measure that can create digital divisions or deepen the existing ones. Only offering the same broadband internet access would protect the right to access to culture, information and knowledge for people with limited resources. Those are fundamental conditions so as not to increase exclusion.


This AM deletes the annex V that defines the functional internet access service. In order to ensure an equal access to internet for all users, the beneficiaries of universal service should get a broadband access.