Thursday, 27 May 2010

Will Latvia get BEREC? - updated

Update (28 May 2010): Council Document 9880/10 mentioned below has been published - and, as predicted, the winner of the seat of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) is Riga, the capital of Latvia.

The EU needs many bodies and agencies and groups and things and they need to be spread all around the Union to make it appears as if we are fair and just and equitable.

So now it looks like that on Monday there will be a decision on the seat of the Office of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), although the respective Council document (9880/10) mentioned in the agenda linked above is not even listed in the register of Council documents.

As Grahnlaw noted in December, BEREC and it's office were created by a regulation in November 2009. BEREC replaced the ERG ('European Regulators Group for electronic communications networks and services') and has been seated in Brussels so far.

From what I can see and read, Riga seems to be the only city campaigning for the seat, apparently supported by France, and so the decision might have just been between keeping it in Brussels and moving it to Riga.

But we all know how the EU works and so I'm pretty sure that on Monday we can congratulate Latvia to host yet another EU agency. Celebrations!

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