Introduction

 

In 2017 AGCOM, the Italian Regulatory Authority for the electronic communication sector, took over the Presidency of the European Mediterranean Regulators Group (hereinafter referred to as “EMERG”), having been appointed during the 2016 Plenary meeting in Sharm el Sheik (Egypt).

The present document will go through all the activities undertaken during 2017, in line with the mission and the remit of the Group, as stated in the EMERG Charter.

The EMERG experienced some logistic problems in 2016 that undermined the participation of the Members in the meetings. For this reason, in 2017 it was decided to hold most of the events in Europe, also trying to optimize their organization by strengthening the cooperation among the Members. In 2017 the EMERG, in cooperation with DETECON (the consultant company supporting the Group selected by the European Commission) made an effort to meet the deadlines set and to produce documents as foreseen in the rules of procedures. The present report will therefore provide a summary of the activities carried out as stemming from a dense agenda, due to the delay in the accomplishment of the work plan 2016, as well as to other institutional activities planned at international level. The report will summarize the main results achieved in every meeting, not only in terms of participation, recommendations and discussion, but also with a view to the international role played by the Group within and outside Europe. In this latter respect, the EMERG participated in several inter-platform initiatives, including the joint BEREC-EMERG meeting held in Cascais (Portugal) on 31 May-1 June and two further events:

  1. Regional Co-operations among Regulators, held in Paris on 25 April 2017.
  2. Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR)_Regional Regulatory Associations Meeting (RA) in Bahamas on 11-14 July 2017.

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