Responsibilities of the Radio Spectrum Committee (RSC)
Established by the 2002 Radio Spectrum Decision (676/2002/EC), the Radio Spectrum Committee (RSC) is assisting the Commission for the development of technical implementing decisions to ensure harmonised conditions across Europe for the availability and efficient use of radio spectrum. It also develops measures to ensure that information on the use of radio spectrum is provided accurately and in a timely manner.
The Committee exercises its function through advisory and examination procedures that are set out in the EU’s Regulation 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011. The comitology process allows the Commission to discuss its proposals with national administrations before implementation in order to ensure that any measure is optimised to the various national situations.
The majority of RSC documents are openly available to interested parties and the public, as well as detailed information on the activities of this committee, including the rules of procedure and membership.
As part of its remit under the Radio Spectrum Decision, the Commission may issue mandates to the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) for the development of technical implementing measures that can ensure harmonised conditions for the availability and efficient use of radio spectrum. These mandates specify the task to be undertaken and the timeframe in which they should be achieved.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been established between CEPT and the Commission to support on-going activities on harmonisation of radio spectrum and benefit all parties concerned.
Technical implementation measures - the RSC at work
The Radio Spectrum Committee normally meets four times a year. The outcome and the planning of the meetings is available below.
Planning of the next RSC meetings: