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Cooperation agreement between Nkom and UKE

The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) has established a cooperation agreement with the Polish sister authority Urząd Komunikacji Elektronicznej (Office of Electronic Communications) (UKE). The aim is to support the government's strategy for cooperation with Poland, and to ensure Nkom access to UKE's expertise and experience.

UKEs president Marcin Cichy og Nkoms direktør Torstein Olsen

The agreement between the Norwegian and Polish communications authorities supports the established cooperation between Norway and Poland. Similar agreements have been established between a number of agencies in the two countries, and several of them are laid down in cooperation documents. Between Nkom and UKE, a Memorandum of Understanding  has been established, and was signed during a meeting at Nkom in Lillesand on 26 January 2017.

The document describes the parties' intentions to cooperate in areas that can be to their mutual benefit in the use of electronic communications services and postal services, promote commercial development, and break down barriers to commercial operation.

Examples of relevant areas of cooperation are exchange of experience, consumer issues and the formulation of shared positions and viewpoints in matters that are important for the use of services across national borders. It can also be relevant to set up temporary working groups or to exchange experts in concrete cases.

"Europe is become more and more closely integrated, and within the areas of post and electronic communications this is almost a continent without borders. Nonetheless, there are different development trends in the various countries, and we need to know our neighbours. Poland is one of the largest countries in Europe, and I am pleased that we now have an agreement in place for close cooperation with our Polish colleagues," says Nkom's Director General Torstein Olsen.

The first meeting under this new cooperation took place at director level, on 26 January, and the Polish delegation was led by UKE's President, Marcin Cichy. The agreement that was signed was created after a preparatory meeting between UKE and Nkom in Warsaw one year ago.