France underlined that, with regard to the draft Mandate on the 169 MHz, the timeframe in which CEPT is requested to carry out its work is probably too tightened. This view was supported by the meeting that invited the EC to take this aspect into account in the future.
In last week’s Plenary meeting of the European Parliament (EP), the report on the RSPP proposal by the Rapporteur Hökmark was adopted;
Commissioner Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda, welcomed the adoption of the European Parliament's position at first reading on the RSPP proposal. Ms Kroes said that this marks a significant step in the adoption of the programme, which must be implemented urgently so that a more coordinated and efficient use of spectrum in the EU can promote the development of innovative technologies and services, particularly high speed wireless broadband access to everyone in Europe; Ms Kroes is now looking forward to a speedy and constructive discussion between the Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers with a view to definitive adoption of the proposal by the end of 2011;
The EU Telecom Council of 27 May will consider its progress report on the RSPP proposal, after which, under the co-decision procedure, it is expected that a political agreement will be reached within the Council and a Council common position could be adopted in the autumn, followed by a Commission opinion on the common position;
Meanwhile, informal discussions between EP and Council will continue and the Commission hopes for the RSPP to be politically agreed by end of this year. Some of the remaining matters still to be debated are listed below:
Spectrum inventory in Art. 8, which, together with the review of efficiency, is seen as an essential element of the RSPP proposal, as it would provide much of the data needed for the implementation of an informed and forward-looking strategy;
International representation of the EU and Member State obligations in Art. 9;
Need for a review of a second digital dividend in 700 MHz (in Art. 6.3) and the reference to two other bands also to be subject to the possibility of harmonisation; in this context, the EP has introduced the obligation for the Commission to monitor the broadband capacity requirements and to assess the need to harmonise additional bands, specifically referring to the 700 MHz band as an example. The EP also calls upon the Commission to harmonise the 1.5 GHz and 2.3 GHz bands for broadband applications.
4Report from ECC Plenary
The WG FM Secretary, Mr. Alexey Shurakhov (RUS), presented the results of the 28th ECC meeting, Porto, Portugal, March 2011 (Doc. FM(11)113) relating to WG FM activity. The part of them are covered in more detail by other Agenda items of the meeting and contained in the Minutes under corresponding sections.
The main decisions of the ECC regarding to activities of WG FM are provided below:
ECC approved for publication two new Decisions, ECC/DEC/(11)01 on “The protection of the Earth exploration satellite service (passive) in the 1400 - 1427 MHz band” and ECC/