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Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social [...]: The ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2007 (WRC-07), COM(2007) 371 final

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Abstract

Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: The ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2007 (WRC-07), COM(2007) 371 final
The radio spectrum is a scarce and valuable natural resource that can have significant societal and economic impacts for all sectors using wireless technologies, such as media, mobile communications, defence and aviation. Spectrum is an economically important input for the provision of public and commercial services based on wireless technology, for scientific research and for establishing international transport and communications networks.
Spectrum harmonisation in Europe is a key enabler for the completion of the EU Single Market in goods and services, and on a wider level can foster international commercial exchanges by removing technical barriers to trade. The challenges of managing the radio spectrum effectively are often better addressed by cooperation between countries. Together with the value of economic activities - total value of spectrum-dependent services in the EU is in excess of EUR 200 billion, i.e. between 2% and 2.5% of annual European gross product - this explains why Europe as an economic area must give importance to international negotiations affecting radio spectrum usage.
In recent years, activities to develop a coherent European radio spectrum policy have gathered pace, and have supported common policy areas, such as the Information Society, Environment and Transport. With the Radio Spectrum Decision (RSD), the Community has laid the basis for a regulatory and policy framework to ensure that the radio spectrum requirements of relevant Community policies are satisfied.

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Record Number: 8686 / Last updated on: 2007-09-03
Category: COM DOCUMENT