In the context of the forthcoming revision of the EMC Directive 89/336/EEC, the EU Competitiveness Council of Ministers, held on 10 November 2003, took a decision on free movement of telecommunications and other electromagnetic equipment.
Extract from the press release, dated 11 Nov 2003:
Electromagnetic compatibility (PH)
In order to prepare the ground for a possible agreement with the European Parliament at first reading, thus avoiding a considerable delay in adopting this Directive, the Competitiveness Council was invited to address the following outstanding issues:
Article 4.2 Free movement of equipment:
The requirements of this Directive shall not prevent the application in any Member State of the following special measures concerning the putting into service or use of equipment:
- measures “for a specific site” in order to overcome an existing or predicted electromagnetic compatibility problem (e.g. the vicinity of an airport);
- measures taken for safety reasons to protect public telecommunications networks or receiving or transmitting stations when used for safety purposes “in well defined spectrum situations” (like aeronautical communications);
and has reached an agreement on a general approach regarding the Commission proposal for a Revision of the EMC Directive 89/336/EEC currently in force.