On 27 June 1994 the Council adopted a Resolution on the framework for a Community policy on digital video broadcasting. The benefits offered by digital technology for the future of television and electronic information highways will best be achieved by a harmonious approach, based on a long-term perspective. Common standards are an essential prerequisite for this approach. An important element of the policy is conditional access for the providers and consumers of pay television services and for the rights to holders of programmes. European Union policy in this area should be based on ensuring fair and open competition, on protecting the interests of the consumer and on minimizing the possibility of piracy. Relevant research and development activities in the Community should be reinforced and appropriate studies on frequency allocation and implementation scenarios intensified. The highest degree of compatibility between the various world regions in the development of digital television technology is also desirable. The Commission is invited to report on all relevant developments in relation to digital video broadcasting.