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BEREC`s opinion on the Commission`s Draft Recommendation

March 13, 2013

At its first Plenary of 2013, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications
(BEREC) agreed the headline messages of its opinion on the Commission’s draft recommendation on
cost orientation and non-discrimination. The 14th BEREC Plenary took place in Slovenia, on 7-8
March, and was the first meeting under the chairmanship of Dr. Leonidas Kanellos, President of
Greek Regulator, EETT.

During the Plenary, the Regulatory Authorities of the 27 member states reiterated their
commitment to enhance the broadband investment environment across Europe, while continuing to
promote competition. Europe’s regulators share the Commission’s determination to ensure a
transparent, predictable, and stable regulatory environment in support of the roll out of NGA
networks. On the basis of these shared objectives, BEREC members discussed their views on the main
pillars of the Commission’s draft Recommendation to encourage the objectives of ensuring
predictable and stable access copper prices, effective non-discrimination obligations that sustain
competition, and pricing flexibility for regulated wholesale network access.

BEREC’s opinion will be finalized with the approval of the detailed technical analysis, which
is expected within the next few weeks.

Commenting on the subject, Ms Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and
Commissioner for Digital Agenda, thanked BEREC and its President, Dr. Leonidas Kanellos, for their
constructive cooperation in promoting competition and investment in Europe’s networks of high speed

BEREC’s next Plenary will be held in Athens, Greece in June 2013.


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