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Radio Waves: EC Action

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what EU legislation on the regulation of radio band waves has been agreed since 1997. (217987)

I refer the hon. Member to the following list that summarises the legislation affecting the use of radio spectrum. Further details can be found at the following websites:

http://rspg.groups.eu.int/ref_doc/index_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/policy/radio_ spectrum/ref_documents/index_en.htm

http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex/RECH_celex.do

EU legislation decisions and directives on the regulation of radio spectrum (band waves) since 1997

30 June 2008: Decision 626/2008/EC on the selection and authorisation of systems providing mobile satellite services.

13 June 2008: Decision 2008/477/EC on the harmonisation of the 2500-2690 MHz frequency band for terrestrial systems providing electronic communications services in the Community.

23 May 2008: Decision 2008/432/EC on harmonisation of the radio spectrum for use by short-range devices ‘SRD’. ‘Amending Commission Decision 2006/771/EC as below’.

21 May 2008: Decision 2008/411/EC on the harmonisation of the 3400 -3800 MHz frequency band for terrestrial systems capable of providing electronic communications services in the Community.

23 April 2008: modifying Annex A to Decision 2006/679//EC concerning the technical specification for interoperability relating to the control-command and signalling subsystem of the trans-European conventional rail system and Annex A to Decision 2006/860/EC concerning the technical specification for interoperability relating to the control-command and signalling subsystem of the trans-European high-speed rail system ‘GSM-R spectrum’.

7 April 2008: Decision 2008/294/EC on harmonised conditions of spectrum use for the operation of mobile communication services on aircraft (MCA services) in the Community.

16 May 2007: Decision 2007/344/EC on harmonised availability of information regarding spectrum use within the Community.

16 May 2007: Decision 2007/346/EC granting a derogation requested by France pursuant to Commission Decision 2006/804/EC on harmonisation of the radio spectrum for radio frequency identification (RFID) devices operating in the ultra high frequency ‘UHF’ band.

12 February 2007: Decision 2007/90/EC on the harmonised use of radio spectrum in the 5 GHz frequency band for the implementation of Wireless Access Systems including Radio Local Area Networks (WAS/RLANs). ‘Amending Decision 2005/513/EC as below’.

14 February 2007: Decision 2007/98/EC on the harmonised use of radio spectrum in the 2 GHz frequency bands for the implementation of systems providing mobile satellite services.

21 February 2007: Decision 2007/131/EC on allowing the use of the radio spectrum for equipment using ultra-wideband technology in a harmonised manner in the Community.

23 November 2006: Decision 2006/804/EC on harmonisation of the radio spectrum for radio frequency identification RFID devices operating in the ‘UHF’ band.

9 November 2006: Decision 2006/771/EC on harmonisation of the radio spectrum for use by short-range devices. ‘Amended by Decision 2008/432/EC as above’.

20 December 2005: Decision 2005/928/EC on the harmonisation of the 169.4 MHz to 169.8125 MHz frequency band in the Community (frequency band originally designated for the ERMES paging system).

14 December 2005: Directive 2005/82/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council Repealing Council Directive 90/544/EEC on the frequency bands designated for the co-ordinated introduction of pan-European land-based public radio paging in the Community.

25 July 2005: Directive 2005/49/EC amending, for the purposes of their adaptation to technical progress, Council Directive 72/245/EEC relating to the radio interference (electromagnetic compatibility) of vehicles and Directive 70/156/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the member states relating to the type-approval of motor vehicles and their trailers.

11 July 2005: Decision 2005/513/EC on the harmonised use of radio spectrum in the 5 GHz frequency band for implementation of Wireless Access Systems ‘WAS’ including Radio Local Area Networks (WAS/RLANs) ‘Amended by Decision 2007/90/EC as above’.

18 March 2005: Decision ECC/DEC/(05)05 on harmonised utilisation of spectrum for systems (IMT-2000/UMTS) operating within the band 2500 to 2690 MHz.

17 January 2005: Decision 2005/50/EC on the harmonisation of the 24 GHz range radio spectrum band for the time-limited use by automotive short-range radar equipment in the Community.

8 July 2004: Decision 2004/545/EC on the harmonisation of radio spectrum in the 79 GHz range for the use of automotive short-range radar equipment in the Community.

26 July 2002: Decision 2002/622/EC establishing a Radio Spectrum Policy Group. L198/49 Official Journal of the European Union ‘OJEU’ published on 27 July 2002.

7 March 2002: Decision 676/2002/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on a regulatory framework for radio spectrum policy in the European Community (Radio Spectrum Decision).

7 March 2002: Directive 2002/21/EC on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services (framework directive), ‘OJEU’ L108; relating on the same date to the authorisation Directive 2002/20/EC and universal service Directive 2002/22/EC. ‘Noted that the Electronic Communication Framework (which Addresses spectrum issues) is currently under review in the Council and the European Parliament’.

14 December 1998: Decision 128/1999/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of on the coordinated introduction of a third-generation mobile and wireless communications system (UMTS) in the Community. ‘Noted that this Decision (128/1999/EC) is no longer in force’.

28 November 1997: Decision 97/838/EC concerning the conclusion on behalf of the European Community, as regards matters within its competence, of the results of the WTO negotiations on basic telecommunications services (OJEU L 347,18.12.1997).

24 March 1997: Decision 710/97/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on a co-ordinated authorisation approach in the field of satellite personal-communication services in the Community.