European Commission

Establishment

After the establishment of the new European Commission in November 2014 Günther H. Oettinger was appointed as the Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society. The responsibility for electronic communications was entrusted to the General-Directorate for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) which replaced former General-Directorate for Information Society & Media (DG INFSO) in 2012.

Tasks

General-Directorate for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) is the umbrella directorate for the whole Digital Agenda which belongs to the main priorities of the current Commission. Main objective is to develop a Digital Single Market (DSM) in order to eliminate regulation barriers and raise economic prosperity through ensuring free movement of persons, services and capital, but also seamless access and the possibility to exercise online activities under conditions of fair competition, and a high level of consumer and personal data protection, irrespective of their nationality or place of residence.

Each year, DG CONNECT publishes many benchmarking studies concerning implementation of the Regulatory Framework and DSM in individual Member States but also for the EU as a whole. Especially it is Digital Agenda Scoreboard where the individual country profiles, charts, studies, reports and benchmarking tables can be found.

 

homepage: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/dg-connect

Advisory Committees:

In the legislative area, the European Commission has advisory committees at its disposal. The relevant committees for the sector of electronic communications are: Communication Committee (COCOM), Radio Spectrum Committee (RSC), Telecommunication Conformity Assessment and Market Surveillance Committee (TCAM),  European Forum for Member States on public policies for security and resilience in the context of Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (EFMS) and Postal Directive Committee.

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