The Independent Regulators Group (IRG) was established in 1997 as a group of European National Telecommunications Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) to share experiences and points of views among its members on important issues relating to the regulation and development of the European telecommunications market at the beginning of the liberalisation of the markets (with the 1998 so-called Open Network Provision (ONP) framework).
IRG was registered as a not-for-profit organisation under Belgian law (ASBL) and has a Brussels-based Secretariat. The statutes (English version) were published in the annex of the Belgian State Gazette on 27 May 2008.
The European Regulators Group (ERG) for electronic communications networks and services was set up with a Decision of the European Commission in 2002 as an advisory group to the Commission when the "new" regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services was enacted in 2002. The ERG's mission was to provide a suitable mechanism for encouraging cooperation and coordination between national regulatory authorities and the Commission so to promote the development of the internal market for electronic communications networks and services and to seek consistent application of the provisions set out in the Directives of the new regulatory framework in all member states.
The group is the EU's primary forum for exchange of best practices, benchmarking, knowledge management, education and in-depth and forward-looking discussions on current and future regulatory challenges in communications.
As a successor to ERG, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) and the Office were established by the Regulation (EC) No. 1211/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 with an enhanced role in the new regulatory framework. BEREC is comprised of a Board of Regulators consisting of Heads of 28 national regulatory authorities (NRAs). The EU Commission, EFTA States (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and three EU candidate countries (Turkey, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania) participate as observers to the Board of Regulators.
IRG serves as a facilitator to its members, bringing tailor-made and flexible support to the fulfillment of the their roles.
IRG works at improving collaboration, mutual assistance and information exchange between NRAs while ensuring equal opportunities for all its 37 members.