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  • Set of guidelines for the development of the EURO-ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) as a trans-European network, 1995-

Official Journal Reference

L 282 of 1995-11-24

Legislative Reference

2717/95/EC of 1995-11-09
To establish a set of guidelines which identify the objectives, priorities, broad categories of measures and a number of projects of common interest concerning the development of EURO-ISDN as a trans-European network.


The Treaty on European Union sets out the broad parameters for Community action to contribute to the establishment and subsequent development of trans-European networks in the areas of transport, telecommunications and energy infrastructure. Community action is to aim at promoting the interconnection and interoperability of national networks, as well as access to such networks, paying particular attention to the need to link island, landlocked and peripheral regions with the rest of the Community.

In accordance with the provisions of Article 129(d) of the Treaty, this Decision establishes a series of guidelines which identify the objectives, priorities, broad categories of measures and a number of projects of common interest concerning the development of EURO-ISDN as a trans-European network. EURO-ISDN is defined, in the context of the present Decision, as a set of ISDN facilities and services implemented on the basis of harmonized European standards.

The aim of establishing trans-European telecommunications networks is to allow the circulation of information with a view to enabling the internal market to function properly for all participants, in particular SMEs. Community action will seek to ensure the harmonized introduction of services by establishing smooth coordination between the Member States and the economic operators responsible for creating the basic infrastructure.

More specifically, the objectives as regards the development of ISDN as a trans-European network and its establishment as an element of the infrastructure for the "universal service" are as follows:

- The development of a range of services based on the EURO-ISDN, with account also being taken of the future introduction of a European broadband communications network;
- Availability of a full geographical coverage by EURO-ISDN in all regions of the Community.

The priorities for achieving these two objectives are:

- To promote the use of EURO-ISDN, in particular by SMEs and public organizations;
- To contribute to the rapid availability of affordable testing equipment;
- To promote access to less expensive terminal equipment and application software.

The broad categories of measures necessary to attain the objectives and priorities referred to above are as follows:

- Analysis of obstacles to the deployment of EURO-ISDN and the means to be used to overcome them;
- Promotion of end-to-end interoperability of telematic services;
- Analysis and promotion of the migration of public and private sector applications to EURO-ISDN;
- Promotion of the availability of EURO-ISDN terminals and application software.

A separate set of guidelines are being proposed by the Commission for trans-European telecommunications networks.


Projects of common interest:

- Analysis of obstacles to the development of EURO-ISDN and the means to be employed to overcome them:
. Identification and removal of obstacles;
. Trans-European interoperability between EURO-ISDN and packet-switched data-transmission networks and services;
. Trans-European interoperability between digital cellular mobile systems and EURO-ISDN;
. Development of cross-border applications;

- Promotion of the end-to-end interoperability of telematic services and the availability of EURO-ISDN terminals:
. Promote access to equipment and services for interoperability testing, leading to the development of a Euro-label concept;
. SMEs access to, and use of, existing and planned European telematic services;

- Analysis and promotion of migration of existing public and private sector applications to EURO-ISDN and the promotion of new applications:

. EURO-ISDN for specific user groups;
. High quality image in the business sector;
. Trans-European access to catalogues and manuals;
. EURO-ISDN for the promotion of telework;
. EURO-ISDN for education, training and research;
. EURO-ISDN for healthcare and social services;
. EURO-ISDN in the cultural sector;

- Promotion of access to EURO-ISDN terminals:
. Validation experiments with SMEs for telematic services;
. Promotion of a common application programming interface;
. Training measures;

- One-stop shopping:
To promote the definition of one-stop shopping principles and apply them to EURO-ISDN throughout the Community.


In the context of this Decision, the development of EURO-ISDN as a trans-European network is to be carried out by means of projects of common interest. These are listed in the "Subdivisions" section of this summary.

Member States are required to encourage public network operators to put in place the infrastructure required for the development of EURO-ISDN in accordance with market demand and in compliance with relevant Community rules.

Participation by third countries (which are parties to the Agreement establishing the European Economic Area or which have Association Agreements with the Community) is to be encouraged in order to enable them to assist in executing projects of common interest and to promote the interconnection and interoperability of their ISDNs.

In 1997, the Commission is to carry out an overall evaluation of the guidelines defined in this Decision in light of changes in the rules applicable to EURO-ISDN.
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