Directive on the European Electronic Communications Code
20 December 2018
European Parliament and the Council of the European Union
The Directive (EU) 2018/1972 sets up a European Electronic Communications Code (Recast). The last amendment of the framework dated back to 2009. Through this Directive, the Commission aims to overhaul the existing legislative framework for telecommunications and to consolidate into a single legal text four existing Directives (Framework, Authorisation, Access and Universal Service)
Specifically, the Directive establishes EU-wide rules and objectives on regulating the telecom industry and defined how national authorities can regulate providers of networks and services. Provisions include: measures to stimulate investment in and take-up of very high capacity networks in the European Union (EU), new spectrum rules for mobile connectivity and 5G, as well as changes to governance, the universal service regime, end-user protection rules, and numbering and emergency communication rules.