EMERG Workshop on Consumer Protection, QoS and Net Neutrality

On 26 and 27 September EMERG will hold a workshop on on Consumer Protection, QoS and Net Neutrality in Amman, Jordan.

EMERG will debate with BEREC on NRAs’ decisions making, Brussels, 16-17 December

On 16th and 17th December in Brussels, EMERG will meet BEREC in a workshop aimed at debating on NRAs’ decision making process, accountability and transparency. The aim of this workshop in to compare notes on the current practice amongst EMERG and BEREC countries with respect to the decision making processes, accountability and transparency practices, and how to disseminate best practices. The workshop might also consider to which extent NRAs’ governance structure might influence the regulatory decision making process.
This is the second time that EMERG and BEREC organizes a joint workshop to discuss topics of common interest. The first edition took place in 2013 also in Brussels and was focused on the analysis of the enforcement powers available to EU and MENA countries and the extent to which they can be effectively employed in the context of the country’s administrative and judicial system.
The cooperation with BEREC is one of the key priorities of the international strategy of EMERG. In 2014 EMERG signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BEREC which constitutes the framework between both organizations. Among other activities, the MoU foresees the celebration of an annual High-Level Summit between BEREC and EMERG. The first Summit successfully took place on 2nd and 3rd July in Barcelona, Spain.

EMERG publishes a new annual report on market trends and regulatory activities 2014

EMERG just published its annual Benchmark Report on the telecommunications market and regulation in the EMERG countries, aims at comparing the regulatory environment and the market outcomes of the sector in 19 countries of the region: Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia and Turkey. The Report was prepared by a Working Group integrated by EMERG experts.

The Benchmark Report collects information about some key performance indicators and trends on f the telecom sector, in particular for the fixed, mobile and broadband markets. Moreover, it also analyses the extent to which countries in the MENA region (Middle Eastern and North African countries), followed the model of regulation developed within the European Union.

Finally, the Benchmark includes a Regulatory Fiches’ section which presents in a structured and easy-to-read approach the regulatory situation of each country about issues such us their institutional layout, NRAs competences and powers, market entrance conditions in electronic communications, regulatory framework for market analysis, management of public resources, universal service, consumer protection and quality of service, international roaming and promotion of broadband.