Directive 2002/20 - Authorisation of electronic communications networks and services (Authorisation Directive)

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This directive was in effect from April 24, 2002 until December 20, 2020.

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Directive 2002/20/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on the authorisation of electronic communications networks and services (Authorisation Directive)
 
Legal instrument Directive
Number legal act Directive 2002/20
Original proposal COM(2000)386 EN
CELEX number i 32002L0020

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Key dates

Document 07-03-2002
Publication in Official Journal 24-04-2002; Special edition in Hungarian: Chapter 13 Volume 029,Special edition in Czech: Chapter 13 Volume 029,Special edition in Polish: Chapter 13 Volume 029,OJ L 108, 24.4.2002,Special edition in Bulgarian: Chapter 13 Volume 035,Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 13 Volume 053,Special edition in Romanian: Chapter 13 Volume 035,Special edition in Slovenian: Chapter 13 Volume 029,Special edition in Slovak: Chapter 13 Volume 029,Special edition in Lithuanian: Chapter 13 Volume 029,Special edition in Latvian: Chapter 13 Volume 029,Special edition in Maltese: Chapter 13 Volume 029,Special edition in Estonian: Chapter 13 Volume 029
Effect 24-04-2002; Entry into force Date pub. See Art 19
Deadline 24-07-2003; At the latest See Art 18.1
End of validity 20-12-2020; Repealed by 32018L1972

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Directive 2002/20/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on the authorisation of electronic communications networks and services (Authorisation Directive)

Official Journal L 108 , 24/04/2002 P. 0021 - 0032

Directive 2002/20/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

of 7 March 2002

on the authorisation of electronic communications networks and services (Authorisation Directive)

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 95 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission(1),

Having regard to the opinion of the Economic and Social Committee(2),

Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty(3),

Whereas:

  • (1) 
    The outcome of the public consultation on the 1999 review of the regulatory framework for electronic communications, as reflected in the Commission communication of 26 April 2000, and the findings reported by the Commission in its communications on the fifth and sixth reports on the implementation of the telecommunications regulatory package, has confirmed the need for a more harmonised and less onerous market access regulation for electronic communications networks and services throughout the Community.
  • (2) 
    Convergence between different electronic communications networks and services and their technologies requires the establishment of an authorisation system covering all comparable services in a similar way regardless of the technologies used.
  • (3) 
    The objective of this Directive is to create a legal framework to ensure the freedom to provide electronic communications networks and services, subject only to the conditions laid down in this Directive and to any restrictions in conformity with Article 46(1) of the Treaty, in particular measures regarding public policy, public security and public health.
  • (4) 
    This Directive covers authorisation of all electronic communications networks and services whether they are provided to the public or not. This is important to ensure that both categories of providers may benefit from objective, transparent, non-discriminatory and proportionate rights, conditions and procedures.
  • (5) 
    This Directive only applies to the granting of rights to use radio frequencies where such use involves the provision of an electronic communications network or service, normally for remuneration. The self-use of radio terminal equipment, based on the non-exclusive use of specific radio frequencies by a user and not related to an economic activity, such as use of a citizen's band by radio amateurs, does not consist of the provision of an electronic communications network or service and is therefore not covered by this Directive. Such use is covered by the Directive 1999/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 1999 on radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment and the mutual recognition of their conformity(4).
  • (6) 
    Provisions regarding the free movement of conditional access systems and the free provision of protected services based on such systems are laid down in Directive 98/84/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 1998 on the legal protection of services based on, or consisting of, conditional access(5). The authorisation of such systems and services therefore does not need to be covered by this Directive.
  • (7) 
    The least onerous authorisation system possible should be used to allow the provision of electronic communications networks and services in order to stimulate the development of new electronic communications services and pan-European communications networks and services and to allow service providers and consumers to benefit from the economies of scale of the single...

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