The European Commission has put forward a proposal to establish a European Telecoms Regulator. This proposal particularly addresses a lack of consistency in the way that common rules are applied in the European Union, making it difficult to provide electronic communication services under the same conditions throughout the 27 Member States. According to the proposal, the new authority would replace the European Regulators' Group (ERG) and would serve mainly to improve the consistency of regulation in the European Union, as well as reinforcing cooperation between Member States and the Commission. The proposal is currently under review as part of the Commission's inter-service consultation procedure and is set to be put forward to the Parliament and Council on 17 October. The Commission?s objective is to establish the Authority by 2010.