• DIGITALEUROPE is stepping up the role of being the leading digital association in Europe.

    9 August 2017On 18 July 2017, telecom ministers from all European Member States gathered in Tallinn with a focus of attention to discuss the 5G policy, amongst other things.

    We understood that the European Commission (EC) was discontented with the fact that the telecom ministers from the European Member States seemed to have been opting out on previous promises, on alignment and investment towards a new European digital infrastructure.

    Prior to the gathering on 18 July, DIGITALEUROPE joined forces with our substantial network of national trade associations (NTAs), resulting in a co-signed letter that was sent out to each of the 28 telecom ministers individually, urging them to take immediate actions on telecoms and spectrum regulation. Following up the actions, DIGITALEUROPE also published a press release on welcoming the 5G declaration.

    Our letter was successful in bringing the industry's viewpoint to the highest level of attention within the European Member States. We showed that 5G, telecoms and spectrum are not niche issues, nor only something for the ‘Brussels bubble’, but an essential pre-condition for a Digital Single Market across Europe. You can read the content of the letter here.

    The Summit resulted in the signage of the ministerial declaration on “Making 5G a success for Europe’, under the initiative of the Estonian Presidency.  

    From the 5G Declaration, we see that Member States acknowledge the importance to release spectrum for 5G in a timely and predictable manner, to improve transparency and to take steps in making citizens an ‘early mover’, facilitate the deployment of telecoms infrastructure for fixed and wireless, and improve the strategic coordination between EU countries and industries.

    There needs to be a shift in thinking by the member states for a more digital Europe. We need to address many issues, including the lack of investments, financial implications, and to resolve the long-hold discussions over spectrum as a national matter. However, there are many positive steps being taken by member states and other initiatives such as our joint letter with NTAs, pushing for a more EU-coordinated approach on spectrum.

    We will continue our intensive lobbying campaigns in Brussels as the EU institutions work on the European Electronic Communications Code – which is expected to reach final positions by the European Council and the European Parliament in the coming months. We will also keep up the discussions with the EU countries, and we hope we can count on your continued and crucial support in these actions.

     

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