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March 28, 2013

The second joint Conference of the Regulators of Greece and Cyprus (EETT-OCECPR) was completed with considerable success, at a critical time for the telecommunication and postal markets in both countries. Key themes of the conference were the "Regulatory Strategies towards the Digital Agenda 2020" in the market of electronic communications and the 'Regulatory Strategy for a competitive postal market "in the field of postal services. Greece's General Secretary for Telecommunications and Post, Mr. Menelaos Daskalakis, gave the opening speech.

The President of EETT and BEREC, Dr. Leonidas Kanellos, restated the firm position of the Authority for the implementation of a national digital strategy and discussed the perspectives emerged by EETT's Presidency of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) and through EETT's participation in the European Regulator Group for Postal Services (ERGP). "Our belief is that in order to overcome today's challenges it is necessary to rely mainly on our own forces. As regulatory authorities, it is necessary to work hard, applying the appropriate regulatory strategy to support development initiatives in the markets we supervise. Until today EETT's and OCECPR's regulatory course proves that we support providers, we remain flexible and open to creative suggestions. However, we are strict in enforcing the law and in respecting the rules of "fair play" for the benefit of the market and the consumer "he said.

Dr. Polys Michaelides, Commissioner of Electronic Communications and Postal Services of Cyprus, referred to the difficulties faced by Cyprus in recent days and highlighted the essential importance of the two markets in an effort to find a new growth model. He noted the very close relationship between EETT and OCECPR, which, within the context of their respective responsibilities and through the exchange of regulatory expertise may play an important role in the effort of the Cypriot economy towards recovery.

Mr. Menelaos Daskalakis, the General Secretary for Telecommunications and Post, in his speech said that "Our policy focuses on two main areas, the development of next generation broadband infrastructure and the development of digital services. In this context, the role of regulators is crucial since it should facilitate investment, particularly in a strategic sector of the economy, ensure fair of competition and safeguard consumer rights and finally maximize social benefit. In the following months, EETT is expected to respond to major procedures within the field of its activity such as the licensing of telecommunications infrastructure, the tender for network providers of digital television and the liberalization of the postal market. The fact that Greece, through EETT, chairs BEREC, in the current period, is an honor for our country, but also a chance to highlight the particular issues of the Greek telecommunications market in their respective European organizations. "

The conference was attended by representatives of the regulatory authorities of the two countries and senior executives of the Greek and Cypriot market.