On 26-27 November 2019 an EMERG delegation participated to two events of the Eastern partnership network (EaPeReg) in Riga (Latvia). The first day meeting was about International Roaming, a strategic topic for both platforms, in the view of possible regional agreements as it was for the Western Balkans countries; the second day meeting was the EaPeReg Plenary, where EMERG introduced itself and confirmed the intention to cooperate with the Eastern partnership network for the future. Consequently, other opportunities will be planned to continue on this path, since both networks and the European Commission, considered them valuable and of mutual benefit.
The first time EMERG met EaPeReg representatives was during the Summit with BEREC and Regulatel which took place in Crete (Greece) last October. In that occasion, EMERG and EaPeReg agreed to strengthen cooperation between the two regional platforms and to share experience and achievements in the fields of common interest such as International Roaming.
Alongside the participation to the EaPeReg events, the EMERG took the opportunity to visit the BEREC Office (the European agency which is supporting BEREC), whose premises is in Riga: the BEREC Office Director, László Ignéczi, presented the Agency, its organisation, mission and goals, while EMERG gave a short overview on the regional cooperation among its members, focusing on its mandate in term of approximation to the European regulatory framework. To this aim, it was also recalled the Memorandum of Understanding with BEREC signed in 2017.
The EMERG delegation was composed of Natasa Kuzmanovic (CRA Bosnia and Herzegovina, EMERG Chair 2019), Mahmoud Hatem (NTRA Egypt, EMERG outgoing Chair), Michal Vizan (MOC Israel, Roaming EWG Chair), Paola Calestani (AGCOM Italy, EMERG Communication Officer).