On 12 June 2018 the Committee for ITU Policy (Com-ITU) of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), responsible for co-ordinating CEPT's engagement with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), appointed Ms Cristiana Flutur as the Chair of Com-ITU. Cristiana Flutur is the first woman to be appointed to this position, which also includes the role of one of the three co-Presidents of CEPT.
Cristiana Flutur has been working as External Affairs Expert at the Romanian National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) since 2012. During her career, Ms Flutur has been involved in close cooperation with various international fora dedicated to communications and information technology. For more than 5 years she has been active in ITU conferences and activities and in the related European preparation within Com-ITU. Since January 2017 she has been leading the Project Team Policy, dealing with policy topics for the European preparation of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (29 October – 16 November 2018, Dubai).
Ms Flutur was appointed during the Com-ITU meeting held in Prague (12-15 June 2018) by acclamation from the twenty-seven CEPT countries attending the meeting. She takes over from Mr Manuel da Costa Cabral, who resigned as Com-ITU Chair effective 1 May 2018, as he had been given new responsibilities within ANACOM, Portugal.
Ms Flutur expressed her honour for being appointed as Com-ITU’s first Chairwoman: 'I am committed to leading Com-ITU with professionalism, courage and dedication. I’d like to pay special tribute to Manuel da Costa Cabral for the great work he did as Chair and I know I can count on the support of the two Vice-Chairs, Paul Blaker and Dirk-Olivier von der Emden, as well as all the members of Com-ITU and the ECO. I want to make sure that Com-ITU continues to benefit from the experience and expertise of the entire membership and other stakeholders and I look forward to working with other regions and organisations in the future. I am also pleased to be appointed the Chair of Com-ITU in 2018, as Romania is celebrating 100 years since its Grand Union this year.’
Mr Paul Blaker, who acted as interim Com-ITU Chair from 1 May 2018, congratulated Cristiana on behalf of Com-ITU: “Cristiana has made an outstanding contribution to Com-ITU over the last few years and the whole Committee is looking forward to working with her in the coming period”.
- The Committee for ITU Policy (Com-ITU) of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) is responsible organising CEPT’s engagement with the ITU across many activities. In particular, the committee co-ordinates its members’ positions for the ITU's Plenipotentiary Conferences, World Telecommunication Development Conferences, World Telecommunication Standardisation Assemblies, and various other meetings. However, CEPT positions for World Radiocommunication Conferences are co-ordinated by CEPT's Electronic Communications Committee (ECC).
- CEPT is an organisation where policy makers and regulators from 48 countries across Europe collaborate to harmonise telecommunication, radio spectrum, and postal regulations to improve efficiency and co-ordination for the benefit of European society.
- ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is the United Nations specialised agency for telecommunication. Read more at www.itu.int.
- Com-ITU is supported by CEPT's Secretariat office, the European Communications Office (ECO), which is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.