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Background information on Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP)

Policy/Legislation: 23/06/2014 - 18:39
This is an overview of the legislative process which led to the adoption of the first Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP)
On 20 September 2010, the Commission proposed to the European Parliament and Council the first Radio Spectrum Policy Programme. This outlines at strategic level how using spectrum can contribute to the most important political objectives of the European Union from 2011 to 2015. The proposal was part of a package of measures regarding broadband communications, because wireless broadband is essential to deliver the target of "broadband for all" by 2013, one of the key goals of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

The legislation on the regulatory framework for electronic communications, updated in 2009, invites the Commission to submit a multi-annual Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP). The general objective for the RSPP is stated in Article 8a(3) of the Framework Directive: "The Commission, taking utmost account of the opinion of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG), established by Commission Decision 2002/622/EC of 26 July 2002 establishing a Radio Spectrum Policy Group, may submit legislative proposals to the European Parliament and the Council for establishing multiannual radio spectrum policy programmes. Such programmes shall set out the policy orientations and objectives for the strategic planning and harmonisation of the use of radio spectrum in accordance with the provisions of this Directive and the Specific Directives."

After a period of negotiations between the legislators, on 13 December 2011 the Council agreed a common position on a Decision establishing the RSPP. Subsequently, the European Parliament approved the draft Decision at its Plenary on 15 February 2012 for final adoption.

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