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Romania Takes Over Chairmanship of ITU Council

Catalin Marinescu, President of the Romanian Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM), took over today, on behalf of Romania, the Chairmanship of the  Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). As Chairman, he will steer the works of this year’s ITU Council, held in Geneva (11-21 June). Romania previously held this position in 1981.

The ITU Council is congregated every year in order to ensure the effective governing and operation of the Union and adopts the steps required for implementing the provisions of the ITU Constitution, Convention, Administrative Regulations and of the decisions of the Plenipotentiary Conferences. Moreover, the Council has the role of elaborating the general policies in the telecommunications sector and of preparing the ITU policy and strategy report for the next Plenipotentiary Conference. The Council consists of representatives from 25% of the total number of ITU member states, while ensuring the representation of all the 5 regions of the world. Among the 46 member states of the Council, Romania, currently on its fifth consecutive mandate, represents Region C (Eastern Europe and Northern Asia), alongside Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland and the Russian Federation.
This year’s Council session will approach general issues such as ITU policies and strategies, events to be organised by the ITU during the next two years, debates on working group reports and administrative and managerial items, as well as topical telecommunications issues under debate on the global level, such as telecommunications and the climate change and environment protection, conformity and interoperability and the accessibility of ICT technologies for the disabled. One of the most important items on this year’s agenda is the Union’s draft budget for 2014-2015.
The future is here. Oxymoronically as it may sound, evolution is the status-quo in the ICT field and it brings along the need for cooperation. I wish this were the motto of this Council’s works: cooperate for evolution, prepare together for the challenges of change, development and modernisation. Technologies change rapidly, new services arise, the world evolves to new stage every year, rather than decades. The role of the ITU is that of ensuring a better life for mankind through communications and IT technologies in an ever-changing environment – a responsibility that honours, but also obliges us“, declared Catalin Marinescu in the opening of the Council works.
This year’s Council session will also approach issues related to the organisation of future ITU events, such as the World Telecommunications Development Conference (WTDC-14), the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-14), the 2014 Council session, or the next World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-15), important landmarks for the telecommunications sector, during which the bases of the administration policies for standards and spectrum and development in the field are set at a global level.
Delegates from 48 countries representing the ITU Membership of 193 States will attend the Council session.

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