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Riga to be the main support point for EU telecommunications regulation

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The newly-established office in Riga by the European Union (EU) Board of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC) will play a key role, providing research and administrative support to the organization’s efforts to create a common regulatory environment in the EU and deciding what electronic communications services will be subject to the regulators’ supervision, Ando Rehemaa, administrative manager at BEREC office, explains in an interview to the business portal

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWe will provide both administrative and professional support. Administrators will organize various meetings, draft work plans and formulate budgets. The BEREC office will also have a team of experts. Its task will be to gather information from 27 member states, analyze and disseminate this information to the national regulators. They will have to summarize the best examples of practice, Rehemaa clarifies the role of the office.

The BEREC office team is still being complected. It is intended to employ 16 workers until June, while there will be 22 employees working by the end of the year. In 2012, they will be joined by six employees, Rehemaa says.

Asked what the office’s tasks will be when it starts operating with the entire staff, Rehemaa replies routine work will have to be carried out, preparing the BEREC’s meetings, solving unpredictable issues that may arise in the course of developing the EU telecommunications market.

Many of the tasks will be unpredictable, for example, the situation where a national regulator submits its decision for review at the European Commission (EC). In one month’s time, the EC replies whether the regulator’s decision complies with the EU regulatory policy. In certain cases, the EC can express its concern about the grounds of the regulation and the case is transferred to the BEREC to determine whether the EC’s concern is well-grounded. We do not know yet how many of such cases will have to be examined, Rehemaa indicates.

If 27 BEREC member states’ regulators consider the new electronic communications area should be regulated, then Riga office will have to work on the preparation of such a decision, the office manager points out.

The BEREC office has to collect all the legal and economic background. Possibly, all the 27 national regulators or other authorities’ survey would be necessary. The office would prepare questionnaires and the national regulators would distribute them to operators. It is likely the office will have to gather a project group, bring in experts from different countries and set the project’s work schedule. Strictly speaking, the office in Riga is the back office fulfilling the Board’s requests and orders. In other words, we prepare facts and support materials necessary for the decisions, Rehemaa says.

Rehemaa was appointed administrative manager of the BEREC office in May 2010. Previously, he run the Estonian state agency Register and Information Systems Center and was the commercial director at the telecommunications company Telema AS. From 2004 to 2007, Rehemaa was in charge of the Estonian electronic communications and postal regulator. He worked at the global telecommunications company MCI World Com and at the international information technology consultancy firm Gemini Consulting.



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  1. Piter says:

    A huge task ahead of Riga. Hopefully, it is able to manage all it comprises.

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