Ukraine revamping regulators

25 Oct 2021

Ukraine’s independent telecoms regulator the National Commission for State Regulation of Communications & Informatization (NCCIR or NKRZI) will be restructured as the National Commission for State Regulation of Electronic Communications, Radio Frequency Spectrum & Postal Services as part of the country’s plans to mirror European legislation. The Ministry of Digital Transformation reports on its website that parliament (the Verkhovna Rada) has passed a bill at its first reading to revamp the NCCIR and ‘create preconditions for Ukraine’s entry into the Single European Digital Market’.

The Ministry also reported that an auxiliary regulatory body, the State Service of Special Communications & Information Protection of Ukraine, will undergo restructuring, with a first phase to begin in January 2022 and a second stage to be completed by 2025, under a presidential decree signed on 22 October 2021. The reforms ‘based on modern European approaches’ will optimise the State Service’s structure, remove ‘unusual functions’ from its list of responsibilities, and refocus its operations on ‘cyber protection of critical infrastructure.’