ANACOM chairman João Cadete de Matos was unanimously elected chairman of the Euro-Mediterranean Regulators Group (EMERG) in 2021. During his presidency, the regulatory body will give special priority to strengthening cooperation between all participants, seeking to contribute to the development of electronic communications in the Mediterranean area.
In a statement, ANACOM explains that it will bet on an “exchange of experiences” and “promotion of events of common interest”. In this way, it is intended to contribute actively to the ideals and principles of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation that were at the origin of EMERG.
ANACOM will count on Palestinian regulators, who held the presidency in 2020, and Israel, the 2022 presidency, as vice-presidents.
Under the Barcelona Declaration of 28 November 1995, the organization establishes the principles of a partnership aimed at transforming the Mediterranean region into a common area of peace, stability and prosperity by strengthening political dialogue and cooperation on security matters and economic, financial, social and cultural issues.
EMERG was established on 1 July 2008 in Malta, as a platform independent of the National Regulatory Authorities (NRA) for Electronic Communications Networks and Services. EMERG brings together representatives of regulators in the electronic communications sector in the Mediterranean region, North Africa and the Middle East, including Algeria, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, State of Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Turkey.
EMERG is to act as a forum for regular discussions and exchange of information among its members on issues related to electronic communications. Among the various missions, the organization also intends to monitor the development of electronic communications in the Mediterranean area and prepare and contribute to the repository of documents, reports, benchmarks, presentations, analyzes and common positions.
In 2015 it was the turn of the then president of ANACOM Fátima Barros to be elected to the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), the first woman to take office. The person responsible was BEREC’s interlocutor with the European institutions, in the period in which she presided over the body, a moment that coincided with the taking of a set of important decisions for the region in terms of electronic communications.