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   The  Governments  of the Member States and the European  Commission  were
   represented as follows:

   Belgium:
   Mr Elio DI RUPO                Deputy  Prime  Minister and  Minister  for
                                  Communications and Public Undertakings

   Denmark:
   Mr Helge MORTENSEN             Minister for Communications
   Mr Helge ISRAELSEN             State Secretary for Communications

   Germany:
   Mr Wolfgang BÖTSCH             Federal    Minister    for    Post     and
                                  Telecommunications

   Greece:
   Mr Ioannis HARALAMBOUS         Minister for Transport and Communications
   Mr Athanasios TSOURAS          State Secretary for Transport

   Spain:
   Mr José BORRELL FONTELLES      Minister for Public Works, the Environment
                                  and Transport

   France:
   Mr Pierre SELLAL               Deputy Permanent Representative

   Ireland:
   Mr John LOUGHREY               Secretary, Ministry of Tourism,  Transport
                                  and Communications

   Italy:
   Mr Giuseppe TATARELLA          Minister for Posts and Telecommunications

   Luxembourg:
   Mr Alex BODRY                  Minister for Posts and Telecommunications

   Netherlands:
   Mr A. OOSTRA                   Deputy Permanent Representative

   Portugal:
   Mr Carlos COSTA                State Secretary for Housing

   United Kingdom:
   Mr David DURIE                 Deputy Permanent Representative

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   Commission:
   Mr Martin BANGEMANN            Member

   APPLICATION OF OPEN NETWORK PROVISION TO VOICE TELEPHONY

   The Council:

   -      recorded  its  political agreement on confirmation of  the  common
          position without the Parliament's amendments, while providing  for
          entry in the minutes of the following statement for the  attention
          of the European Parliament:

          "The    Council   confirms   its   commitment,    reiterated    on
          29 October 1993, to resume discussion of the question of committee
          procedure.

          The  arrangements  for  implementing this Directive  will  be  re-
          examined if justified by the outcome of that discussion."

   -      planned   formal   confirmation  of  the   common   position,   as
          an "A" item, at one of its June meetings in order to take  account
          of the scheduling constraints of the new Parliament. The  European
          Parliament   will  therefore  have  six  weeks,   following   that
          confirmation, in which to act on the Council decision.

   ADVANCED TELEVISION

   - FRAMEWORK FOR COMMUNITY POLICY ON DIGITAL VIDEO  BROADCASTING - COUNCIL
   RESOLUTION

   The Council recorded its political agreement on the following Resolution,
   the  text  of  which will be formally adopted at  a  forthcoming  Council
   meeting.

   THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

   Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

   Whereas  the  Community,  through  Council  Decision 89/337/EEC,  Council
   Decision 89/630/EEC,    Council    Directive 92/38/EEC    and     Council
   Decision 93/424/EEC, recognized the strategic importance of advanced  and
   high-definition television for the European consumer electronics industry
   and for the European television and film industries, and established  the
   strategy  framework for the introduction of European advanced  and  high-
   definition television;

   Whereas  the  Council,  in Council  Resolution 93/C 209/01,  invited  the
   Commission   to  submit  to  the  Council  a  communication  on   digital
   television;

   Whereas  on  18 November 1993 the Commission submitted to the  Council  a
   communication  entitled  "Digital Video  Broadcasting - a  Framework  for
   Community Policy";

   Whereas digital technology offers significant benefits for the future  of
   television and for the future electronic information highways;

   Whereas  the  benefits will be best achieved if  a  harmonious  approach,
   based on a long-term perspective, is adopted from the start;

   Whereas  common  standards  are an essential  prerequisite  for  such  an
   approach;

   Whereas  relevant  research and development activities in  the  Community
   should be reinforced and appropriate studies on frequency allocation  and
   implementation scenarios intensified;

   Whereas  the development of digital television technology is a  worldwide
   phenomenon and whereas the search for the highest degree of compatibility
   between  the  various regions of the world in this area  is  a  desirable
   objective,

   WELCOMES   the   Commission   communication   entitled   "Digital   Video
   Broadcasting  -  a  Framework for Community Policy",  which  provides  an
   excellent basis for the Council's examination;

   1.     CONSIDERS that:

   1.1.   digital  technology offers the potential of  significant  benefits
          for  the future of television and, in the broader sense,  for  the
          future  electronic  information highways or  integrated  broadband
          communications,  for  which digital television can  be  a  driving
          force;

   1.2.   these  potential benefits will only be fully achieved in  practice
          if market implementation takes place in a harmonious fashion which
          facilitates and does not retard the progressive development of the
          market  towards  new and more advanced services in  a  smooth  and
          compatible manner;

   1.3.   an essential precondition for this harmonious market evolution  is
          the  adoption  in  the market of  common  standards  which,  while
          providing   necessary  market  clarity  for  both  producers   and
          consumers  in  the short term for early  introduction  of  digital
          television  services,  also provide the potential  for  subsequent
          smooth  upgrading to new and higher grades of  service,  including
          high-definition television in response to market demand;

   1.4.   conditional  access is an important matter for the  providers  and
          consumers of pay-television services and for the rights holders of
          programmes.  European Union policy in this area should be based on
          ensuring fair and open competition, on protecting the interests of
          the consumer and on minimizing the possibility of piracy;

   2.     DECLARES that:

   2.1.   the  preferred way to achieve the objective of  harmonious  market
          development  referred  to above would be by means of  a  consensus
          process   involving  all  relevant  economic   agents,   including
          broadcasting  organizations,  and  that it looks  forward  to  any
          voluntary  agreements  which may be made by such  agents  in  this
          regard;

   2.2.   it  is  willing,  however, to introduce  regulatory  measures,  if
          required, under the conditions that:

    (i)   adequate  and  timely consensus among economic  agents,  including
          broadcasting organizations, to ensure the harmonious evolution  of
          the market is lacking,

      and/or

   (ii)   the requirements of fair and open competition, consumer protection
          or other significant public interest so demand,

          in  order to facilitate the achievement of this objective and  the
          protection of those interests;

   3. NOTES that:

      the  industry  consultation process on conditional  access  under  the
      auspices  of  the  European Digital  Video  Broadcasting  Project  has
      allowed  progress  to  be made but is not yet  concluded  and  further
      examination  by  Member States and by the Commission is  necessary  to
      determine,  in the light of the policy framework outlined  in  point 2
      above, additional measures required in order to achieve the objectives
      of  European  Union  policy  for conditional  access  as  set  out  in
      point 1.4 above;

   4. WELCOMES the Commission's intention to:

   4.1.   include  in  its proposals for the specific programmes  under  the
          Fourth  Framework Programme R&D activities in relevant areas  with
          the   objective  of  ensuring  that  all  necessary  elements   of
          technology  are  available  for planning  the  long-term  strategy
          toward multimedia systems and services;

   4.2.   encourage the process of standardization of digital television, in
          particular   through   the   issuing   of   briefs   to   European
          standardization bodies;

   4.3.   encourage the development of implementation scenarios for  digital
          video broadcasting by economic agents and national administrations
          and monitor such development;

   4.4.   encourage  studies on spectrum availability and  strategic  issues
          relating  to  frequencies by relevant European  organizations  and
          monitor such studies;

   4.5.   maintain  a political dialogue with third parties,  including  the
          United States  of  America  and Japan, and  encourage  the  market
          parties  to  identify  and agree common  elements  in  the  future
          television  systems to be implemented throughout the world,  while
          keeping Member States fully informed of any relevant results;

   5. INVITES the Commission to:

   5.1.   monitor  closely all relevant developments in relation to  digital
          video broadcasting and report on such developments to the Council,
          together  with any proposals for action which may be required,  as
          soon  as  it  is necessary and useful to do so and  in  any  event
          before 1 July 1995.

   -  USE OF STANDARDS FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF TELEVISION  SIGNALS - COUNCIL
      CONCLUSIONS

   THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION:

   -  was informed by Mr BANGEMANN, on behalf of the Commission, of:

      =   his  opinion  that significant progress had been achieved  in  the
          consultation  process underway between the economic  actors  under
          the   auspices   of  the  European  Project  for   Digital   Video
          Broadcasting, but that further progress was required to achieve an
          overall consensus;

      =   his intention that after a short additional period of consultation
          of  the  market  parties to be completed  by  September 1994,  the
          Commission would forward to the Council an amended version of  its
          proposed directive with a suitable Article on conditional  access,
          taking into account the Opinion of the European Parliament;

      =   his  suggestion  to  allow a further short  period  before  taking
          decisions,

   -  held an exchange of views on the matter,

   -  affirmed  the importance of conditional access for the  consumers  and
      providers  of  digital  pay-television services  and  for  the  rights
      holders of programmes,

   -  concluded  that  it was close to an agreement on a text based  on  the
      initial proposal by the Commission but felt that for the moment it was
      preferable  to  postpone the decision on a common position  until  the
      next  Telecommunications Council, taking into account the  information
      given by Mr BANGEMANN as mentioned above.

   INFRASTRUCTURES   IN  THE  FIELD  OF  INFORMATION  (PROCEEDINGS  OF   THE
   BANGEMANN GROUP)

   The Council took note of the oral report made by Mr BANGEMANN, Member  of
   the Commission, on the activities and progress of the Bangemann Group.

   The  Group was set up by the Brussels European Council to report  to  the
   forthcoming Corfu European Council on specific measures to be taken  into
   consideration  by the Community and its Member States on  infrastructures
   in the field of information.

   Mr BANGEMANN's  report provided delegations with an opportunity  to  give
   their initial reactions on the subject.  After stressing the very special
   role of the Telecommunications Council in this area, several  delegations
   wanted a report in writing as soon as possible.

   DEVELOPMENT OF THE INTEGRATED SERVICES DIGITAL NETWORK (ISDN) AS A TRANS-
   EUROPEAN NETWORK

   The Council held an in-depth discussion on:

   -  a proposal for a European Parliament and Council Decision on a  series
      of  guidelines  for the development of the ISDN  as  a  trans-European
      network;

   -  a  proposal  for a Council Decision adopting a  multiannual  Community
      action  programme on the development of the ISDN as  a  trans-European
      network (TEN-ISDN);

   It  was  noted  that  the  ISDN  was  a  general,  multi-purpose  network
   integrating  a  large  variety of voice, data and image  services  via  a
   single  network  access,  which was evolving  out  of  today's  telephone
   network.  The  aim  of  the  above two proposals  was  to  harmonize  the
   introduction of the ISDN in all the Member States.

   The discussions paid particular attention to the first Decision, although
   a qualified majority has not emerged at this stage in favour of the  text
   insofar as the German, French and United Kingdom delegations were  unable
   to withdraw their reservations.

   The  Permanent  Representatives  Committee  was  instructed  to  continue
   examining these proposals.

   -  4TH ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT ON THE ISDN - COUNCIL CONCLUSIONS

   The Council,

   Having  regard to Council Recommendation 86/659/EEC on  the  co-ordinated
   introduction  of  the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN)  in  the
   Community;

   Having   regard  to  the  Annual  ISDN  Progress  Report 1993  from   the
   Commission;

   Having regard to the launching of EURO-ISDN based on harmonized standards
   at the end of 1993;

   Whereas  the  Council  Recommendation of 5 June 1992 (1)  calls  for  the
   application of the open network access principles to ISDN;

   Whereas the Council in its Resolution of 5 June 1992 (2) has
   recognized  the  importance of developing ISDN in the context  of  trans-
   European networks;

   Whereas EURO-ISDN is considered as a first major element of the  advanced
   information networks in the Community;

   Whereas  EURO-ISDN  will  rapidly develop into  a  universal  access  and
   delivery platform for generic services and applications;

   Whereas  EURO-ISDN is of particular importance for  the 14 million  small
   and medium-sized enterprises in the Community which typically depend on a
   general, publically available service offering;

   Encourages the public network operators:

   -  to  continue  their co-ordination with regard to the  introduction  of
      EURO-ISDN in the Community;

   
   (1) OJ No L  200, 18.7.1992, p. 10.
   (2) OJ No C 158,  25.6.1992, p.   1.

   -  to  co-operate  for  the enhancement of the  common  set  of  services
      notably with a view to ensuring interoperability of generic services;

   -  to introduce a harmonized packet mode bearer service on the  D-channel
      on  the  ISDN  access throughout the Community,  taking  into  account
      market demand;

   Invites the Commission:

   -  to  continue  with the promotion of the co-ordinated  introduction  of
      EURO-ISDN in the Member States of the Community;

   -  to continue with the support for the European ISDN User Forum;

   -  to undertake where necessary suitable initiatives for the availability
      of compatible generic services.

   TRANS-EUROPEAN DATA-COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS BETWEEN ADMINISTRATIONS

   The Council held a policy debate on:

   -  a proposal for a Decision on a series of guidelines on  trans-European
      data communications networks between administrations;

   -  a  proposal  for a Council Decision adopting a  multiannual  Community
      action  programme  to  support the  implementation  of  trans-European
      networks for the interchange of data between administrations (IDA).

   These   proposals   cover   a  set  of  measures   to   enable   national
   administrations  and  Community  institutions and  bodies  to  treat  and
   interchange,  through the implementation and use of trans-European  data-
   communications networks, the information necessary to the functioning  of
   the Internal Market and implementation of common policies.

   The Council discussed four basic questions, namely: the legal basis,  the
   list  of projects of common interest (PCI), financial questions  and  the
   committee procedure.

   At  the  end  of  the  debate,  the  Council  instructed  the   Permanent
   Representatives Committee to continue discussions in the light of today's
   debate and the Opinion to be delivered by the European Parliament.

   -  INFORMATION EXCHANGE BETWEEN ADMINISTRATIONS - COUNCIL RESOLUTION

   The  Council  agreed on the following Resolution.  It  will  be  formally
   adopted after finalization of the texts.

   The Council of the European Union,

   Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

   Having regard to the Council Resolution of 7 December 1992 on making  the
   single market work (3),

   
   (3) OJ No C 334, 18.12.1992, p.  1.

   Having  regard to the communication from the Commission to  the  European
   Parliament and the Council on trans-European data communications networks
   between administrations and the related proposals (4),

   Having regard to the communication from the Commission to the Council and
   the  European Parliament entitled "Reinforcing the effectiveness  of  the
   internal market" and the accompanying working document (5),

   Having regard to the communication from the Commission to the Council and
   the European Parliament on the development of administrative co-operation
   in  the  implementation and enforcement of Community legislation  in  the
   internal market (6),

   Whereas the internal Market Council, in its conclusions of 31 March 1992,
   called  on  the  Member States and the  Commission  to  co-ordinate  such
   actions  as  may  have  a significant impact  on  the  establishment  and
   development of trans-European networks;

   Whereas  the  crucial and growing need  for  administrative  co-operation
   calls  for  the establishment of reliable and efficient systems  for  the
   exchange of information between administrations;

   Whereas  communication  and information exchange systems  complying  with
   recognized  common standards could lay the foundations for a broad  range
   of  different  types  of  information exchange,  provided  that  all  the
   components   of  such  systems  comply  with  common  specifications   on
   interoperability;

   Whereas the administrations concerned should collaborate on developing  a
   common  framework  for  the  future  development  of  communication   and
   information  exchange  systems for the administrations  involved  in  the
   operation of the European Community;

   Whereas  conditions and support measures for co-ordinated  implementation
   should be provided for,

   RECOGNIZES THE NEED:

   1. for  adequate co-ordination between all parties  concerned  throughout
      the  cycle of development and operation of systems  for  communication
      and   information   exchange  between  administrations   involved   in
      administrative co-operation within the European Community in order  to
      ensure that these systems are efficient and interoperable;

   2. to avoid duplication and to ensure optimum use of available resources,
      in  particular  by  seeking the most viable means in  terms  of  cost-
      effectiveness  of  satisfying requirements  for  information  exchange
      between administrations;

   3. to provide the European Community with effective, user-friendly  tools
      and  working  methods  to  attain its  objectives  and  implement  its
      policies;

   4. for  support  measures in order to ensure the  efficient  exchange  of
      information between administrations, such as data protection  measures
      and  measures  for the protection of individuals with  regard  to  the
      processing of personal data;

   
   (4) COM(93)   69 final of 12.3.1993.
   (5) COM(93) 256 final of   2.6.1993.
   (6) COM(94)   29 final of 16.2.1994.

   CONSIDERS THAT THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES SHOULD BE PURSUED:

   5. co-ordination  of  all  activities relating to  the  introduction  and
      operation  of communications and information exchange systems  between
      administrations, at both European Community and national levels; 

   6. development  of  a  common  framework,  complying  with  the  relevant
      international  or  European standards, for the future  development  of
      systems   for   communication   and   information   exchange   between
      administrations;

   7. progressive  introduction,  in  appropriate  areas  corresponding   to
      identified   needs,  of  operational  communication  and   information
      exchange systems between the administrations involved in the  European
      Community's operation;

   CALLS ON THE COMMISSION AND THE MEMBER STATES TO:

   8. take  measures, at the appropriate level and respecting the  principle
      of  subsidiarity,  to ensure efficient  co-ordination  between  Member
      States,  the  Commission and the other institutions  of  the  European
      Community and, on their own responsibility, within each of them.  That
      co-ordination   must  cover  all  stages  of  development,  from   the
      feasibility  study  to  the operational  stage  of  communication  and
      information exchange systems between administrations;

   9. encourage  and facilitate communication and good co-operation  between
      all  parties  involved in setting up and operating  communication  and
      information exchange systems used to assist in pursuing the objectives
      and implementing the policies of the European Community:

    9a.regularly  monitor the implementation of the actions referred  to  in
   points 8  and 9  above, paying particular attention  to  the  assessment,
   verification and evaluation of the return on the resources committed;

   10.    propose  provisions for the protection of individuals with  regard
          to  the  processing  of personal data so  as  to  maintain  public
          confidence;

   CALLS ON THE OTHER INSTITUTIONS, BODIES AND AGENCIES OF THE COMMUNITY TO:

   11.    where  appropriate,  participate  in and  contribute  to  measures
          undertaken  in  the context of the  co-ordinated  introduction  of
          communication    and   information   exchange   systems    between
          administrations;

   CALLS ON THE COMMISSION TO:

   11a.   submit  to the Council, every two years and for the first time  in
          1996,  a report accompanied, if need be, by appropriate  proposals
          on follow-up to this Resolution;

   AGREES TO:

   12.    examine,  as  a  matter  of priority,  any  initiatives  that  the
          Commission proposes in the areas within its competence.

   GREEN PAPER ON MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS

   The Council took note of Mr Bangemann's presentation of the  Commission's
   recently  adopted Green Paper on mobile personal communications, an  area
   in  which the Council, in its Resolution of July 1993, had deemed that  a
   Community policy, to which the publication of the Green Paper should make
   a contribution, in the short term constituted one of the main aims of the
   Community's telecommunications policy.

   The aim of the Green Paper was to launch discussions in which the Council
   and  the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee  and  the
   Committee  of  the Regions, consumers and professional users,  fixed  and
   mobile  network  operators and suppliers of  services,  manufacturers  of
   mobile  equipment  and  fixed networks would be called upon  to  take  an
   active part; those involved in the information and multi-media technology
   sectors,  trade  unions  and  other  organizations  representing   social
   interests  within the sector and organizations responsible for  data  and
   privacy protection would also be involved.

   At the end of the discussion that followed the Commission's presentation,
   the  Council  welcomed  the approach proposed by  the  Commission  and  a
   majority of delegations wanted the proposed discussions to be expedited.

   MUTUAL  RECOGNITION  OF LICENCES AND OTHER  NATIONAL  AUTHORIZATIONS  FOR
   TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SATELLITE NETWORK AND/OR SATELLITE  COMMUNICATIONS
   SERVICES

   The Council took note of progress on two proposals for Directives on:

   -  mutual  recognition of licences and other national authorizations  for
      telecommunications services

   -  a  policy  for the mutual recognition of licences and  other  national
      authorizations for the provision of satellite network services  and/or
      satellite communications services.

   The   proposals   are   designed   to   facilitate   the   provision   of
   telecommunications  services  in  the  Community.  The  first,  which  is
   broader in scope, covers all telecommunications services except for voice
   telephony,  telex,  and satellite  mobile  communications  services.  The
   second  proposes  specific  measures in the  latter  field  of  satellite
   communications.

   They  thus  contain  a single procedure for  the  mutual  recognition  of
   national  authorizations  for  the supply of  such  services,  with  some
   provisions  specific to satellite communications also being laid down  in
   the second proposal.

   At  the  end  of the discussions the  Council  instructed  the  Permanent
   Representatives  Committee  to continue examining the  proposals  in  the
   light  of  those  discussions  so that, subject to  the  Opinion  of  the
   European  Parliament  on the first proposal, common  positions  could  be
   adopted as soon as possible.

   POSTAL SERVICES

   The Council took note of the Commission's presentation of action taken on
   the  Council Resolution of 7 February 1994, in particular  regarding  the
   possible  submission, before 1 July 1994, of proposals on the  definition
   of  a  universal  service,  the quality of  that  service  and  technical
   standardization.

   The Commission also informed the Council of progress made by operators in
   discussions on the development of a system of terminal dues.

   OTHER BUSINESS

   The Council took note of:

   -  a  statement  by Mr BANGEMANN on the communication  on  space  segment
      access to be submitted by the Commission in the next few days;

   -  the  Commission's  views  on developments in the  market  in  personal
      satellite communications services (LEOs) in the United States and  its
      possible  implications  for  the Community in view  of  the  universal
      nature of these services.

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