The European Commission has adopted a proposal to reform the existing international framework for satellite communications. Under current EU telecoms rules, each EU Member State has its own licensing system for industries that use satellite communication. This leads to diverging national approaches to selection and authorisation. The Commission proposes unifying these individual systems into a single market. The new proposal will establish a single selection procedure organised by the Commission in cooperation with the Member States. A harmonised set of selection criteria will be drawn up relating to geographic coverage, consumer and competitive benefits, the fulfilment of public policy objectives and spectrum efficiency. No European fee for operators is foreseen. The proposal has yet to be approved by the European Parliament and Council.