European telecommunications ministers agreed on a joint roadmap for the development of 5G networks. The roadmap constitutes a common understanding on the harmonisation of 5G spectrum bands and their allocation to telecommunications operators. These 5G networks will allow people and devices to communicate with more data and less delay in the future.
On 29 November 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in close cooperation with the Luneburg Central Criminal Investigation Inspectorate in Germany, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the Joint Cybercrime Action Task Force (J-CAT), Eurojust and private-sector partners, dismantled one of the longest running malware families in existence called Andromeda (also known as Gamarue).
Update: the main results are now available.
The Council is due to agree a general approach on an updated mandate for the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication (BEREC). Ministers will also look at the progress made on a proposal to update privacy rules for electronic communications (ePrivacy). They will hold a policy debate on a draft regulation on the free flow of non-personal data. The presidency will brief ministers on the state of play of negotiations on a European electronic communications code. It will also provide information on Council conclusions on cybersecurity, from 20 November, as well as a draft Council action plan for their implementation. Lastly, the incoming Bulgarian presidency will present its work programme.
A summary of the information from the Presidency is now available.
The last European Telecommunications Ministers meeting during the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU is taking place in Brussels today. The focus is on the free movement of data, 5G network connectivity and the new European Telecommunications Code. During the morning session the ministers supported Presidency’s efforts to reach the general approach on the free flow of data within 2017.
On 4 December, Council agreed its position (general approach) on updating the rules for the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication (BEREC). This agreement paves the way for negotiations to begin with the European Parliament.
The first meeting of the recently elected Permanent Stakeholders’ Group (PSG) was held in Athens on 29 and 30 November 2017, during which topics of the Agency’s forthcoming work programmes were discussed.
The Council has adopted a regulation to strengthen cooperation between EU national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws.