On 9 October 1990 the Council of the European Communities has made a recommendation on the coordinated introduction of Pan-European land-based public radio paging in the Community. Telecommunications administrations should continue the cooperation within the CEPT and, with the collaboration of manufacturers and users, within ETSI. They should plan for a gradual evolution from existing radio paging systems to the pan-European land-based public radio paging system so as to assure a transition which meets the needs of users, telecommunications administrations and manufacturers. Furthermore, the Council recommends that the system be introduced by 31 December 1992 at the latest and that the geographical coverage offered in each Member State should progressively extend so that by January 1997 at least 80% of the population can use it. Consideration should be given to providing within the planned European Radio Messaging System (ERMES) the ability to have displayed, on the radio paging receiver, characters in all official Community languages, wherever possible. An analysis of the requirements for the coordinated introduction of the paging system is attached to the Recommendation.