Council Resolution on satellite personal communication services
A Council Resolution on the introduction of satellite personal communication services in the Community (7.12.1993) stresses the importance of developing a Community policy in this field. Such policy should build on existing policies regarding telecommunications, in particular satellite communications, and on future policy on mobile communications (based on the Green Paper of 29.11.1990 on a common approach in the field of satellite communications) and, if necessary, on regional development and trade policies in general. The Council therefore invites the Member States to make efforts towards developing a common policy as soon as possible, and a coordinated position, in particular within the context of international organizations such as the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and in relation with third countries. In addition, the Council invites the Commission to investigate the significance of satellite personal communications in the formulation of policies for telecommunications, space, trade, industry and regional development. The Commission is also invited to define, in collaboration with Member States, an effective joint policy on these systems. Where appropriate, this should be done with the cooperation of the European Space Agency (ESA) in order to improve the competitive position of the European space and related telecommunications industries so as to enable operators, service providers, industry and users to participate in a global, open market in this field. Further, the Commission is invited to monitor international developments and to consult with non-Community countries on the coordinated introduction of these systems at a global level, and at the same time to reinforce its cooperation with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), European Radiocommunications Committee (ERC) and the European Committee for Telecommunications Regulatory Matters (ECTRA) in examining the related standardization, radio frequency and licensing issues. The Commission is invited to set up as part of the consultation process a platform for strategic discussions among all interested parties.