Stimulating synergies across sectors may significantly reduce the need for civil works and therefore the economic, social and environmental costs involved. The coordination of civil works creates great opportunities for interconnectivity between sectors and development of innovative solutions such as smart grids and intelligent transport systems.

Articles 5 and 6 of the Directive on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks enable a better coordination of civil works in support of efficient infrastructure deployment.

The Directive enables any network operator to negotiate agreements with other infrastructure providers for coordinating civil works with a view to deploying high-speed electronic communication networks.

Additional obligations apply to network operators fully or partly financed by public means: these operators have to meet any reasonable request for coordination of works, provided that it does not entail any additional costs and does not impede control over the coordination of the works.

In order to facilitate coordination, any network operator should make available, upon specific request or via a Single Information Point, the following minimum information related to its on-going or planned civil works:

  • the location and type of works,
  • the network elements involved,
  • the estimated starting date and duration of works, and
  • a contact point.

Member States may provide for exemptions from these obligations for civil works of insignificant value or in case of critical infrastructure.