NATP II - Telecommunications policy

Assists the regulatory authorities in the Mediterranean Partner Countries in their efforts to liberalise their telecommunications markets, through technical assistance and study visits

Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey

Timeframe: 2005-2008

Budget: € 4 million (MEDA)

Objectives
 
It aims towards providing assistance to the regulatory authorities of the Mediterranean Partner Countries so that they can liberalise their telecommunications markets, particularly in the field of the policies, institutes and tools for regulating the markets.
 
The New Approaches to Telecommunications Policy (NATP II) programme also seeks to to enhance convergence between the regulatory approaches of the Partner Countries and the EU, and establish close co-operation between their regulatory authorities. The first phase of the programme took place between 2000-2003.
 
What does it do?
 
It makes available knowledge on all aspects of areas covered by the EU telecommunications regulatory package, which allows for regional differences.NATP II is also revising and updating the virtual Observatory of Mediterranean Telecommunications created during the first phase of the project.
 
The programme involves both the policy/regulation-making and operational levels and wants to achieve regulatory convergence between the EU and its Mediterranean Partners. It has analysed the stages of development of the liberalisation and regulator framework in individual countries, while its work programme includes bilateral technical assistance projects and study visits to and conferences with EU regulatory authorities.

Actions in brief

 

  •  Promotes Euro-Med cooperation among regulatory authorities.
  • Assists the telecommunications policy and regulatory authorities in the Partner Countries through workshops, study visits and conferences.
  • Analyses the stage of development of the liberalisation and regulatory framework in the individual countries and the region.
  • Creates an Observatory of country information, available online.

 

EU Cooperation with Syria is currently suspended due to the political situation in the country; however, since in principle Syria is eligible for cooperation under the ENPI, activities may be taken up again once the situation improves.

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