It was my pleasure today to meet Leonidas Kanellos, incoming 2013 chair of BEREC, the European body comprising all the national telecoms regulators. We agreed above all on our common interest in putting Europe at the forefront, with a strong digital economy (press statement here).
The regulatory framework has a big role to play here – but so do regulators, those who will actually implement the framework on the ground. So we can only achieve our goals with the constructive contribution of those national authorities: and indeed we are now consulting BEREC on the approach I put forward 5 months ago. And I look forward to getting that valuable input in order to better shape our final regulatory guidance.
In taking forward these important tasks and chairing those discussions, Leonidas has my full support. I wish him and his BEREC colleagues all the best for 2013, and am confident that we will continue to discuss and engage constructively together as we did today!