Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council: extracts from the press conference (telecommunciations)
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 13/12/2011 First transmission: 13/12/2011
On 13 December, Michał Boni, Polish Minister for Administration and Digitisation and President in office of the Council and Neelie Kroes, EC Vice-President in charge of Digital Agenda, held the final conference of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council.
The announced that the Council adopted its position at first reading on the decision establishing the first radio spectrum policy programme. The Council position will be transmitted to the European Parliament, which is expected to endorse it in the first quarter of 2012.
The aim of the programme is to set out policy orientations and objectives for the strategic planning and harmonisation of spectrum use in order to ensure the functioning of the internal market. The programme covers all EU policy areas involving the use of spectrum such as electronic communications, research, technological development and space, transport, energy and audiovisual.
The Council also took note of a progress report on a draft roaming regulation and held an exchange of views on the basis of a presidency questionnaire. The proposal aims at revising the current regulation by introducing pro-competitive structural measures and extending its validity until 30 June 2022. The proposed structural measures aim to tackle the lack of competition and consumer choice, which causes the high roaming prices.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE (in Polish) Michał Boni, Polish Minister for Administration and Digitisation and President in office of the Council, saying that: The most important question was the question of the spectrum Policy, this is a point on which a common position between the Council and the Parliament was achieved so we can have an accelerated second reading. We have been working on this for more than one year. So I would like to thank the Belgian and the Hungarian Presidencies for having paved the way to this solution. We have had five formal trialogues and the same number of some informal meetings. This document adopted today will ensure that development will continue, broadband will continue to develop and the use of the spectrum will be organised in a way which will make decisions easier to take.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Neelie Kroes, EC Vice-President in charge of Digital Agenda: Our proposal seeks to get the road of high roaming prices faced by European consumers and what we are aware and that was just in finding out what the situation is, that the roaming position that were taken were a step into the right direction but that, at the end of the day, there is no competition in the market.. If there is no competition on the market, I don't need to explain to you that, at the end of the day, the consumer is paying more that needed. So I very much believe in competition and in choice on the market, if there is only, there is no choice.
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