A workshop on infrastructure sharing and rights of way was held last 20-21 September in the Portuguese city of Cascais, in the context of the Euro-Mediterranean Regulators Group (EMERG). The event was jointly organised by ANACOM and the NATP-3 (New Approaches to Telecommunications Policy) project, through which the European Commission aims to promote the establishment of independent regulatory authorities as well as a competitive framework in the electronic communications market pertaining to the group of nine countries in North Africa and the Middle East (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia).
This workshop was one of a series on areas of interest to Euro-Mediterranean regulators. Besides the thematic panels it included a field trip to a site shared by Vodafone and TMN. EMERG plans to hold one more workshop by the end of the year in Istanbul, on next generation networks (NGN). A planning and benchmark conference will also be held in Cairo on 30 November and 1 December; the EMERG plenary meeting is due to be held in Egypt in January 2012.