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Interoperability of Car Radio Devices - Implementing Article 113 of the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) with regard to the interoperability of car radio receivers


Office of the​ Prime Minister 
(Malta Communications Authority)
​Published on: ​8 October 2019
Running till: ​12 November 2019
​Last Updated: ​13 November 2019
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 Original Consultation

1.        Background

Directive (EU) 2018/1972 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11th December 2018 establishing the European Electronic Communications Code (‘EECC’) entered into force on the 20th December 2018. Member States have two years to incorporate it into national law, except where specifically mentioned.

Amongst others, the EECC contains provisions on the interoperability of car radio devices in Article 113. For other radio devices intended for consumers, additional measure may be adopted by the Member States. The aim of the regulation is to encourage more widespread use of digital radio services across Europe. 

The EECC requires that any car radio receiver integrated in a new vehicle of category M, which is made available on the market for sale or rent in the European Union as from the 21st December 2020, to be capable of receiving digital terrestrial radio.

The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) is consulting on a proposed amendment to the Electronic Communications Networks and Services (General) Regulations, SL 399.28 (‘the Regulations’) in order to implement the provisions set out in Article 113(1) of the EECC regarding the interoperability of car radio devices.

The proposed amendment to the Regulations is intended to provide legal clarity to the effect that as from 21st December 2020 any car radio receiver integrated in a new car (category M) made available for sale or rent in Malta must​ be equipped, as a minimum, with a DAB+ radio device.

The amendments to the Regulations will ensure that local car importers are aware of this requirement well in advance of the date when the obligation comes into force. ​

2.        Consultation Questions
The MCA is seeking the views and comments from all interested parties (including, amongst others, car importers, car rental companies, consumers and the general public) on the proposed changes to the Regulations in order to introduce measures related to the interoperability of car radio devices. 

Views on whether additional measures should be introduced for other radio devices intended for consumers (not only based on equipment requirements for car radios but also extending the range of possible reception channels, including, amongst others, the reception of internet radio) are also welcome.

The MCA will, after taking into consideration the responses received to this consultation, submit to the Minister responsible for communications its proposed amendments to the Regulations.​

3.        Documents
4.        Submission of input
Submissions were sent in through the following channels:
By email:
By post:    Chief of Legal
                Malta Communications Authority
                Valletta Waterfront, Pinto Wharf, 
                ​Floriana, FRN 1913

Submissions were received by 12 November 2019.                               
We thank you for your input.
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