Roaming Charges consigned to the history books
Liberals and Democrat MEPs are today celebrating the expected adoption of the final agreement reached between the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission on the regulation of wholesale roaming charges in the European Union. Today’s vote marks the final step to delivering an end to mobile phone roaming charges by 15 June 2017.
Legislation adopted in 2015 provides for the abolition of retail roaming charges on voice calls, data and SMS as of 15 June 2017: so-called Roam Like at Home (RLAH). But for RLAH to come into effect, legislation adapting the prices caps for wholesale roaming services needed to be applicable by that date.
Jens Rohde MEP, ALDE shadow rapporteur and a leading parliamentarian in the fight to end roaming charges said;
“The coast is now clear for the planned ban on roaming charges to come into effect by the 15th June, just in time for the summer holidays. “
“This has been a long journey and an arduous process, but finally we have delivered on the promises we made to our voters. Today we consign outrageous additional roaming charges to the history books.”
“I would like to thank the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, Commissioner Ansip, my fellow MEPs and all those involved in delivering this fundamental reform.”
Fredrick Federley MEP, ALDE Coordinator on the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee said:
“Getting rid of roaming within the EU is a victory for free mobility, which will allow people to work from anywhere in Europe”
“It’s absurd that we’ve had to tolerate such high roaming costs in Europe for so long, they should have been abolished long ago.“