European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society visiting Ratel

18. September 2018

During her official visit to Belgrade, Ms Mariya Gabriel, the current European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, met with dr Vladica Tintor, Director of RATEL, who introduced her to the RF spectrum monitoring system and EMF RATEL project, the development of which could become, as proposed by RATEL, supported by the European Commission. Ms. Gabriel encouraged the progress of Serbia in the field of electronic communications and in the accompanying projects led by RATEL, highlighting the fact that Serbia plays an important role in the region and is the most developed country when it comes to implementation of the Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans. In addition, the need for a new regional agreement regarding roaming price reduction was also discussed. Director of RATEL said that the new market analysis cycle had been carried out in line with a 2014 EU recommendation, concluding that the following year gradual increase in broadband access was expected.

During the meeting, there were talks about Serbian membership in the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) management and possibilities of the continued Serbian observer status in this body. As a conclusion to the visit, dr Tintor added that RATEL joined the activities of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) within an expert group dealing with a telecommunications network and service integrity and security (in accordance with Article 13a of the European regulatory frame of 2009).

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