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The Belgian Institute for Postal services and Telecommunications (BIPT) was created in 1991 as a semi-governmental body and was given a statute of its own by the Act of 17 January 2003 on the status of the regulator of the Belgian postal and telecommunications sectors.

BIPT is the federal administration charged with the following duties:

  • It is the regulator for electronic communications.

BIPT has among others the task to promote competition, to contribute to the development of the internal market and to protect the users' interests.

  • It is the postal market regulator.

BIPT monitors the rates and the quality of the services of bpost and grants licences to new entrants on the postal market.

  • It manages the electromagnetic spectrum of  radio frequencies.

BIPT allocates certain scarce resources, such as radio frequencies, to ensure the most efficient use of it.  BIPT also fulfils the role of "wave policy" to put an end to any form of harmful interference. Actually BIPT performs monitoring tasks of the electromagnetic spectrum, operators and equipment.

  • It is the media regulator in the Brussels-Capital Region.

BIPT ensures that the operators in the bilingual Brussels-Capital Region comply with the specific regulation on radio and television broadcasting, provided that the activities of the broadcasting company cannot be specifically related to the French Community or the Flemish Community. 

  • BIPT also acts as the Belgian administration for the fulfilment of various missions of public interest.

What?

BIPT makes administrative decisions that may impose obligations on companies;

  • It may impose administrative sanctions;
  • It issues opinions at its own initiative or at the Minister's request;
  • It monitors compliance with the sector-specific legislation and is authorised to conduct studies by collecting all the useful information or by holding public consultations;
  • It may act as an ombudsman in case of disputes.

How?

As an independent institute, BIPT is of course accountable for its activities.

  • First of all the BIPT Council writes every three years a strategic plan, which end version is submitted to the Chamber of Representatives.  On this basis the Council then prepares an annual operational plan; finally, an annual report on the activities and the development of the postal services and telecommunications markets is submitted to the government. 
  • The Budget and Finance ministers also exercise control of the draft budget made by BIPT, which, since its creation, has been entirely financed by resources mainly coming from regulated sectors, without any public subsidies. 
  • BIPT decisions may be challenged before the Brussels Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal may suspend BIPT decisions and annul them with retroactive effect.  As such an appeal against a decision has no suspensive effect.

Mission

BIPT's general mission was reviewed and extended thanks to the Act of 10 July 2012, amending the Act of 13 June 2005 on electronic communications, which constituted its basis.

Missions

Electronic communications, postal services and media in the Brussels Capital Region are the main areas of activity. For each activity the regulatory action of BIPT, like any other regulator, is inspired by five basic principles:

  1. understanding the end-users of electronic communications and postal services, anticipating the uses and development thereof and safeguarding consumer interests;
  2. efficiently organising healthy competition and ensuring access to the market;
  3. using postal services and electronic communications to promote integration and social cohesion of everyone;
  4. managing scarce resources;
  5. guaranteeing network security, otherwise the first three principles would be in vain because of the distrust created by hardly reliable networks.

Vision

"We guarantee that the user has a choice of powerful and trustworthy communications at the best possible terms and conditions in a competitive environment."

Values

The values of an organisation are essential so that everyone can recognise himself or herself in the actions taken by the organisation to accomplish its mission and implement its vision. Thanks to the values of an organisation everyone, its staff, its customers and its providers can each day make certain that all actions it takes comply with the mission and the vision.  

Sharing these values is essential to fulfilling them.

These values are: independence, reliability and transparency.

Values

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