In February 2007, the European Regulators' Group (ERG) and the European Commission signed a joint declaration. This launches a debate on the role of the ERG from 2010 onwards following the envisaged revision by that date of the EU's regulatory framework for electronic communications.
On 27 February 2007, a few weeks after its 20th plenary meeting in Brussels on 15 and 16 February 2007, the European Regulators' Group (ERG) signed a joint declaration with the European Commission.
This declaration concerns the envisaged reform of the EU's regulatory framework for electronic communications, which dates from 2002. The declaration lays the basis for a debate on the new role which the ERG might be called upon to play in the future. The division of powers of intervention between the European Commission, the ERG and the national bodies must in fact be clarified because of the convergence between networks and services, notably in the actions taken in respect of operators in a strong position in the market, the granting of authorisations for services using frequencies and liability with regard to distributed content.
The new European legislation is expected to enter into force towards 2009/2010.