(See list of members)
The Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) is a high-level advisory group that assists the European Commission in the development of radio spectrum policy.
The RSPG is established under Commission Decision 2002/622/EC, which was one of the Commission initiatives following the adoption of the Radio Spectrum Decision 676/2002/EC and it adopts opinions, position papers and reports, as well as issuing statements, which are aimed at assisting and advising the Commission at strategic level on:
- radio spectrum policy issues,
- coordination of policy approaches and,
- harmonised conditions, where appropriate, with regard to the availability and efficient use of radio spectrum necessary for the
establishment and functioning of the internal market.
The remit of the RSPG has been extended as a result of the adoption of the new telecom regulatory framework in 2009 (Commission Decision 2009/978/EU of 16 December 2009 amending the Decision establishing the RSPG). According to the new remit, the RSPG can now also be requested by the European Parliament and/or the Council, in addition to the Commission, to issue an opinion or produce a report on specific radio spectrum policy issues relating to electronic communications. Those opinions and reports shall be transmitted by the Commission to the institution which so requests. Where appropriate, they may be in the form of oral presentation
to the European Parliament and/or the Council by the chairman of the Group or a member nominated by the Group.
The Members of the Group are senior representatives of the Member States and the official representative of the European Commission. Delegations include representatives from both the regulatory authorities and the ministries having responsibility for radio spectrum related matters in each Member State. The Chairperson of the RSPG is a Member elected by the Group for a period of two years. Representatives of the European Economic Area (EEA) countries, the candidate countries, the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) and the European Telecommunications Standardisation Institute (ETSI) are also invited to attend plenary meetings as observers.
As part of its advisory function, the RSPG consults extensively and in a forward-looking manner on a variety of technological, market and regulatory developments relating to the use of radio spectrum in the context of relevant EU policies such as electronic communications and the information society, as well as other sectors and activities such as transport, research and development, or health. Such consultations are conducted with the objective of involving all relevant stakeholders, radio spectrum users, both commercial and non-commercial, as well as any other interested party. In addition, most of the deliverables of the RSPG are subject to formal public consultations.
The RSPG publishes an annual work programme and most official deliverables of the RSPG are made public.