Written Answer to a Question: Wifi4EU

Answer given by Vice-President Ansip on behalf of the Commission to a question (Rule 130) by Eva Maydell (EPP) on “Wifi4EU.”

Answer given by Vice-President Ansip on behalf of the Commission

According to the terms of the political agreement reached by the co-legislators on the Commission proposal for a Regulation on the promotion of Internet connectivity in local communities (1), the available budget would be allocated to projects in a geographically balanced manner across Member States and, in principle, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Furthermore, the text excludes projects that duplicate already existing free private or public offers with similar characteristics (including quality of service) in the public space.

Adoption and entry into force of the Regulation is expected to intervene by the end of October 2017. Upon entry into force of the Regulation, the Commission will be in a position to finalise the necessary steps required for the implementation of the initiative, starting with the necessary amendments to the Connecting Europe Facility’s work programme after consultation of the Member States.  The first call for projects is expected to be launched before the end of the year or in the first semester 2018.

(1) COM(2016)589 final.

Question for written answer P-004423/2017
to the Commission
Rule 130
Eva Maydell (EPP)

Subject: Wifi4EU

With regard to the Wifi4EU initiative (Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EU) No 1316/2013 and (EU) No 283/2014 as regards the promotion of Internet connectivity in local communities):

1. Will the whole budget be pre-allocated to each Member State, or will there be some flexibility according to demand?

2. Who pre-allocates the budgets to each Member State? What methodology is used for this?

3. How long does the Commission estimate it will take for the call for project proposals to be opened once the text has been adopted by Parliament and the Council?

View the question and answer on the European Parliament’s website

Source: European Parliament

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