After several years of deadlock in negotiations on the e-Privacy Regulation, ESMIG, E.DSO, Eurelectric and ehpa have expressed their position and concerns on recent developments through a joint declaration.
While each acknowledge that the regulation for electronic communications is a complex matter as it must strike a balance between protecting the users’ data and enhance digitalisation as well as innovation, there are some concerns that the text adopted by the Council could entail major negative spillover effects on the green and digital transformation advocated by EU leaders.
While the energy sector is committed to protect data integrity as well as consumers’ privacy and confidentiality, the current proposal might heavily undermine and delay Europe’s 2030 climate & energy and ‘Digital decade’ objectives.
With regards to trilogue negotiations, signatories encourage the account of the following recommendations:
- E-Privacy Regulation must not contradict DSOs’ missions
- E-Privacy should not hinder sustainable and innovative services
- The EU should ensure a secure and efficient digital environment in the energy sector