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Reference FM58_01 (Maritime FG 08)
Short Name VDES Implement
Subject Develop a new ECC Decision on the harmonized usage of frequencies in the VHF maritime mobile band for vessels

Related WI
Scope CEPT Administrations are still studying how to react on the decisions of WRC-15 regarding the modifications to RR Appendix 18.

Deliverable ECC Decision
Responsible group WG FM - FM58
Start date 03-02-2017
Target date 01-03-2019
Public Consultation 15-10-2018
Regular Work Item False
Comments Based on the possibility of the coordination with affected Administrations, which is given in the relevant footnotes in the RR, CEPT should decide to not put into practice the dates of implementation given by Appendix 18 RR 2016 and to postpone the necessary changes regarding the channelling arrangements to [31.12.2023]. 

MAR FG agreed in May to propose to the next Working Group Frequency Management (WG FM) that the deliverable should be an ECC Decision, with the scope being extended. The ECC meeting in November 2107 endorsed the development of an ECC Decision.

This work is expected to lead to one new combined ECC Decision together with the work under Maritime FG 09.

WG FM#92 (October 2018) approved the new draft ECC Decision (19)03 on the harmonised usage of the channels of theRadio Regulations Appendix 18 (transmitting frequencies in the VHF maritimemobile band) for public consultation. An informative cover letter will be sentout together with the draft Decision in the consultation process.

Worked by
Contact Thomas Weber (
Status In Progress
Triggered By Work Item approved at WGFM#87 with support of France, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Malta, The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, and Portugal.
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