European Parliament and Council Decision on a Spectrum Policy ProgrammeArticle 8a(3) of Framework Directive 2002/21/EC as amended by Directive 2009/140/EC

Directive 2009/140/EC invites the Commission to present a legislative proposal to the European Parliament and Council to establish a multiannual Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP) setting out policy orientations and objectives for the strategic planning and harmonisation of the use of spectrum, taking utmost account of the opinion of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG).

Spectrum is essential for the digital society, fast wireless services, economic recovery, growth, high-quality jobs and long-term EU competitiveness. Spectrum policy initiatives are also key to the Digital Agenda for Europe and to the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Inputs for the RSPP came from the Spectrum Summit hosted by Parliament and Commission, a Commission public consultation and the RSPG Opinion.

Policy objectives (emphasis added)

In order to focus on the priorities of this first Programme, Member States and the Commission

shall cooperate in order to support and implement the following policy objectives:

make sufficient appropriate spectrum available in a timely manner to support Union policy objectives;

  1. maximise flexibility in the use of spectrum, to promote innovation and investment, through the application of the principles of technology and service neutrality, the opening of spectrum to new services, and the possibility to trade spectrum rights;
  2. enhance the efficient use of spectrum by harnessing the benefits of general authorisations and increasing the use of such types of authorisation;
  3. maintain and develop effective competition, in particular in electronic communication services, by preventing ex ante, or remedying ex post, excessive accumulation of radio frequencies by certain economic operators which results in significant harm to competition;
  4. reduce the fragmentation of the internal market by enhancing coordination and harmonisation of technical conditions for the use and availability of spectrum, as appropriate, including the development of transnational services, and by promoting economies of scope and scale at Union level;
  5. avoid harmful interference or disturbance by other radio or non-radio devices by facilitating the development of standards allowing for flexible and efficient use of spectrum, and increasing immunity of receivers to interference, taking particular account of the cumulative impact of the increasing volumes and density of radio devices and applications;
  6. in defining the technical conditions for the allocation of spectrum, take full account of the results of research certified by the relevant international organisations into the potential effects on human health of electromagnetic field emissions.

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