The Republic holds the presidency of the Council of the EU since the 1st of January for the first six months of 2018. The presidency with the focus on needs of the European citizens aims at creating a strong, digital and united Europe.
Bulgaria outlined four main priories in the programme of the Presidency:
In the field of telecommunications, the Bulgarian presidency primary aim is to close the negotiations on the reform of the regulatory framework for electronic communication. In particular, the top priority is the Directive on the European Electronic Communications Code as well as a Regulation establishing the Body European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). Guaranteeing the protection of privacy, personal data and the confidentiality of messages in the EU (including with the ePrivacy Regulation) is part of the other main goals on the development of Digital Single Market is. The Council is planning to have a general position on the ePrivacy Regulation proposal by the end of the Bulgarian presidency, however the speed of the negotiations, and whether this objective can be reached, will depend on the progress made on the European Electronic Communications Code.
Furthermore, active discussions on the Cybersecurity act are planned to make the maximum progress on the dossier during the Bulgarian presidency.
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