EC Have your Say

The EC better regulation portal permits citizens and businesses to share their views on new EU policies and existing laws. Currently the Commission has two somewhat related public consultations on EU initiatives:

(1) https://​ec​.europa​.eu/​i​n​f​o​/​l​a​w​/​b​e​t​t​e​r​-​r​e​g​u​l​a​t​i​o​n​/​h​a​v​e​-​y​o​u​r​-​s​a​y​/​i​n​i​t​i​a​t​i​v​e​s​/​2​0​1​8​-​I​n​t​e​r​n​e​t​-​c​o​n​n​e​c​t​e​d​-​r​a​d​i​o​-​e​q​u​i​p​m​e​n​t​-​a​n​d​-​w​e​a​r​a​b​l​e​-​r​a​d​i​o​-​e​q​u​i​p​m​e​n​t​_en

The title of this initiative is “Internet-connected radio equipment and wearable radio equipment”. This is a proposed Delegated Act under Article 3(3) of RED which has been the subject of discussion for some time.

Inter-connected radio equipment includes virtually all devices that have a network connection. The aim of the ACT is to improve the cybersecurity of these devices by constraining the upload of software. This has potential implications for radio amateurs and experimenters.

(2) https://​ec​.europa​.eu/​i​n​f​o​/​l​a​w​/​b​e​t​t​e​r​-​r​e​g​u​l​a​t​i​o​n​/​h​a​v​e​-​y​o​u​r​-​s​a​y​/​i​n​i​t​i​a​t​i​v​e​s​/​1​2​7​9​7​-​D​e​s​i​g​n​i​n​g​-​m​o​b​i​l​e​-​p​h​o​n​e​s​-​a​n​d​-​t​a​b​l​e​t​s​-​t​o​-​b​e​-​s​u​s​t​a​i​n​a​b​l​e​-​e​c​o​d​e​s​i​g​n​_en

The title of this initiative is “Designing mobile phones and tablets to be sustainable – ecodesign”.

This has to do with sustainability and re-use of devices and arguably the proposal above under the RED at (1) is at odds with this.

As some background on this subject here is a link to a relevant article (in German): https://​www​.welt​.de/​w​i​r​t​s​c​h​a​f​t​/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​2​3​2​7​6​1​3​3​5​/​A​p​p​l​e​-​T​e​s​l​a​-​V​o​r​w​e​r​k​-​B​i​d​e​n​-​w​i​l​l​-​d​a​s​-​R​e​p​a​r​a​t​u​r​-​M​o​n​o​p​o​l​-​k​i​p​p​e​n​.​h​tml

Here is also a link to a recent ITU News item on product sustainability:


EU/EAA based Member Societies or individual radio amateurs may wish to respond to these consultations directly or, alternatively, all who are interested may send their views to the IARU R1 PRC who are preparing a submission (Chair Séamus EI8BP).

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