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Brussels, 19th November 2003

Commission underlines success at 2003 ITU World Radiocommunications Conference

Today the Commission adopted a Communication underlining the successes achieved for Europe at the World Radiocommunications Conference, which completed its work in July 2003 (the WRC-03). The Communication provides an analysis of the impact of WRC decisions on underlying EU policies and identifies necessary implementation actions, based on the outcomes of this regulatory conference that agreed Radio Spectrum access at a global level.

Erkki Liikanen, Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society, said: “The European Union obtained a good result at the World Radiocommunications Conference. We now need to quickly leverage these results for the benefit of all Europeans. It is already time to begin our collective preparations for the next Conference, where the policy implications for the EU will be even more prevalent”.

The Communication concludes that the policy priorities identified by the Commission before the Conference(1) and validated by the EU Council(2) were largely achieved, notably in the protection of IMT-2000 spectrum, in providing the European radio navigation satellite system Galileo with a favourable regulatory environment, and in enabling a major expansion in globally harmonised spectrum for radio local area networks (R-LAN).

The Communication also points out the need to implement rapidly some significant WRC-O3 results in the European Union. It identifies actions to be considered regarding spectrum harmonisation for R-LAN, PPDR and other systems, as well as a co-ordination among satellite navigation systems preserving the interest of the Galileo project.

For the next Radio Conference, WRC-07, to be held in 2007, the Commission has already identified a number of negotiating issues liable to have an impact on important EU policies. The Communication outlines a mechanism for the Commission and Member States' administrations working together in the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG), to provide a more systematic policy context for Europe's technical-regulatory preparations for WRC-07 due to be carried out in the framework of CEPT.

The full text of the Communication is available on:

(1)COM (2003) 183.

(2)Council Conclusions on the World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 (9131/03).

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