Roaming Charges In The EU Could Be Gone By 2014

By 04:10 Fri, 16 Jul 2021 Comments

Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, is lobbying the European Parliament for an discontinue to roaming charges within the European Union.

In a speech today in front of parliament, Kroes demanded support for moving through legislation a complete telecoms package for all of Europe by Easter of 2014.

“I want us to show citizens that the EU is relevant to their lives. That we made the digital rules catch up with their legitimate expectations. I want you to be able to go back to your constituents and say that you were able to discontinue mobile roaming costs.”

The EU parliament has already taken a few steps to reduce roaming costs in the union, with the most recent coming in effect in July 2012. Currently the roaming charges to end-users must not exceed €0.29 for out-going calls and €0.08 for incoming calls.

Those will be further reduced to €0.24 and €0.07, respectively, in July this year. Data transfer caps in roaming will also be reduced from the current €0.70 to €0.45 for megabyte (all prices are without VAT). While a remarkable deal cheaper than that all was a few years back, that's still significantly more expensive than Europeans pay within their home markets.

Waiving the roaming fees altogether would certainly be remarkable news for European Union citizens, which will no longer be worried about inflated cellphone bills when traveling abroad.

Other aspects which the potential legislation aims hold action on is net neutrality and cybercrime, which generally vary largely among EU member states.




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