The Information Society and Media Directorate General of the European Commission has launched a public consultation on a proposed framework for the selection and authorisation of operators to provide mobile satellite services (MSS) across Europe. The proposed framework builds on the recent Commission Decision reserving radio spectrum for these services. The proposed framework reflects discussions with Member States' experts. Since the proposed MSS selection and authorisation framework includes regulatory actions at national level, Member States' representatives have been invited to run national consultations within the same timeframe. Interested parties are invited to provide their comments, views, suggestions and relevant information ('contributions') as described in the consultation document. The public consultation will run until 30 May 2007.