In September 2016, the European Commission proposed an ambitious overhaul of EU telecoms rules with new initiatives to meet Europeans' growing connectivity needs and boost Europe's competitiveness.
On 29 November, Pilar del Castillo, MEP and EIF Chair, invited EIF members & friends to discuss all aspects of the new European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) and to hear the views from some of the key stakeholders.
In her opening remarks Ms del Castillo noted that the new EECC, once adopted, will speed up Europe’s digital transformation. However, there are some aspects in the Commission’s proposal, which may need to be improved.
Steven Tas, Executive Board Chairman of ETNO - European Telecommunication Network Operators, spoke about the importance of creating the gigabit society. He also noted that there is space for improvement in the Commission’s proposal. He stressed the need for an inclusive investment incentive model and the need to create more space for innovation in Europe.
Luc Hindryckx, Executive Director of ECTA - European Competitive Telecommunications Association, welcomed the new principle of connectivity. He also presented ECTA’s views on competitive investment and innovation.
Cornelia Kutterer, EU Government Affairs & Digital Policy Director at Microsoft, spoke how the new proposal affects over-the-top (OTT) content and innovation. She also elaborated on the principle of “same service – same rules”.
Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director General at BEUC, presented the consumers’ point of view. She noted that the proposed package touches many important issues for EU citizens. She spoke more in depth about competition, consumer rights and ways to deliver Digital Single Market value for consumers.