Within the framework of its active participation in the activities of the Euro-Mediterranean Regulators Group (EMERG), its role in establishing the financial autonomy, and the establishment of its secretariat, and the determination of EMERG’s objectives and aspiration, NTRA’s officials participated in EMERG Annual Plenary Assembly Meeting that was held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 26 and 27 March 2019. The NTRA (EMERG’s current chair) handed over the chairmanship to the Communications Regulatory Agency (CRA) of Bosnia and Herzegovina in this meeting.
The European Union decided to continue funding EMERG by the end of the third phase of “New Approaches to Telecommunications” Project (NATP III) that commenced in January 2016, where the fourth phase of the project (NATP IV) was launched for four years so that it could take the needed steps that eventually leads to its independence in the future.
The EU's interest in funding EMERG's activities an integral part of its interest in legal approximation in the telecom sectors of the Mediterranean region to the legal framework for the European telecommunication sectors, or at least the overall contribution to the development of regulations in the telecom sectors in the Mediterranean region.
The member states voted on EMERG’s draft agenda for the next year that was finally approved in the Plenary Assembly Meeting. The agenda items include international roaming, net neutrality and the new ecosystem platforms and Blockchain impact.
Moreover, they discussed EMERG chairmanship achievements of the year 2018, as the annual report issued by EU experts was reviewed before being its official publication on EMERG’s website and approval by the member states. The meeting witnessed the presentation of the latest developments and outcomes reached by the NTRA(EMERG’s current chair) and the Secretariat concerning the negotiations held with the EU to extend funding for EMERG for the upcoming period. Various means of cooperation were also tackled with the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) that also expressed its interest in the platform’s activities.