Ministers held a policy debate on recent proposals on the reform of the EU telecoms rules. They expressed their support for the connectivity objectives in the proposals and agreed on the need to work together to achieve them, including on 5G. At the same time, they stressed the need to respect subsidiarity and regulate only where it is necessary. The messages from the debate will steer future work at technical level.
Ministers took note of the progress made on the proposal to increase regulatory oversight and price transparency for cross-border parcel delivery services.
Over lunch, ministers provided guidance to the Commission for future work on free flow of data. The discussion addressed issues such as data localisation and other barriers to the free flow of data, the main obstacles to future innovation and growth of the data economy, and user control of data.