The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) provides cooperation and coordination between national regulatory authorities and the Commission, in order to promote the development of the internal market for electronic communications networks and services, and to seek to achieve consistent application, in all Member States, of the provisions set out in the Directives of the regulatory framework.
The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation. CENELEC was founded 1973 and establishes electrotechnical norms for the European market. According to EU directives, it is recognised as the European standardisation body in its field.
The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations. CEPT is a cooperation organisation between the European post and telecom regulatory bodies. It was founded in 1959 as a cooperation forum between European postal and telecom administrations, but has, since 1992, been working exclusively with regulatory issues. CEPT has over 40 member countries today. Its activities are mainly centred around its three committees for postal, telecoms and radio affairs (CERP, ECTRA and ERC).
The European Committee on Postal Regulation is CEPT's committee for postal affairs. CERP is a cooperation organisation between the European postal regulatory bodies, working to achieve a common European policy within the postal services field.
The International Special Committee on Radio Interference is IEC's special committee for radio interference matters. CISPR works towards international agreements for the protection of radio reception from various types of interfering electrical equipment.
The European Committee for Regulatory Telecommunications Affairs is CEPT's committee for telecom affairs. ECTRA is a cooperation organisation between the European telecom regulators, working to achieve a common European policy within the field of telecommunications. ECTRA's permanent office, ETO, is in Copenhagen.
ECTRA and ETO
The European Radiocommunication Committee is CEPT's committee for radio matters. ERC is a cooperation organisation between European radio regulators working to achieve a common European policy within the field of radio. ERC's permanent office, ERO, is in Copenhagen.
The European Regulators Group for Post, which was established in 2010, provides for cooperation between the independent national regulatory authorities and between these authorities and the Commission. ERGP shall provide advice and support to the Commission in order to promote the development of an internal market for postal services and to seek to achieve a consistent application, in all member states, of the provisions set out in the Postal Services Directive 97/67/EG.
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute. ETSI is a non-commercial cooperation organisation between telecom authorities, network operators, manufacturers, service providers and users. It was founded in 1988 when all standardisation within the field of telecoms was transferred from CEPT to ETSI.
The International Electrotechnical Commission. IEC is an international organisation that promotes international cooperation within matters concerning electrotechnical standardisation.
The International Maritime Organisation. IMO is an international organisation founded in 1948 for cooperation within regulatory and practical/technical matters within international maritime affairs. IMO works to achieve standardisation in matters relating to maritime safety, navigation and the prevention of environmentally hazardous discharging from vessels and related administrative and legal issues.
The International Telecommunication Union. ITU is an international organisation for global coordination of telecom networks and services. ITU was founded in 1865 and has, since 1947, been the UN's specialised agency in the field of telecommunication. The union is divided into a secretariat and three sectors: the radio sector, the standardisation sector and the development sector (ITU-R, ITU-T and ITU-D). Interested parties within the private sector can participate in the work of one or more sectors.
ITU Radiocommunication Sector is ITU's radio sector. ITU-R is responsible for all ITU work in the field of radio. ITU-R coordinates and registers the use of radio frequencies and the geostationary satellite orbit within the framework of RR, the international radio regulations. RR is supervised and reviewed by world radio conferences, which are held every 2 to 3 years. ITU-R establishes recommendations for various matters within the field of radio.
ITU Telecommunication Standardisation Sector is ITU's standardisation sector. ITU-T is responsible for the standardisation work within ITU. Standards in technical, operational and rates matters are issued in the form of recommendations.
ITU Telecommunication Development Sector is ITU's development sector. ITU-D contributes to the development of telecommunications world wide by organising and coordinating technical cooperation and assistance.
Universal Postal Union, UPU is an international organisation for global cooperation within the field of postal matters. UPU was founded in 1874 and has, since 1948, been the UN's specialised agency in the field of postal matters. UPU establishes international fees for postal services and is responsible for the international settlement of rates. The Universal Postal Congress is held every five years.