MEP Marlene Mizzi welcomes the end of roaming charges in Europe. “Finally we are there! This is a historic day for European citizens leading to an end of roaming fees in the EU for voice, SMS and data,” said MEP Mizzi, a member of the negotiating team on the roaming legislation.
“As of today, roaming charges will become a thing of the past and soon enough people will not even remember their existence. Europeans travelling within the EU countries will pay domestic prices for roaming calls, SMS and data, which means no more extra costs for using your phones abroad,” commented Marlene Mizzi.
As the S&D spokesperson in charge of consumer rights in the negotiating team on the roaming legislation, Marlene Mizzi expressed her appreciation of being a part of a team of MEPs, who made this happen.
“This is the end of a very long battle that started almost 10 years ago with a lot of opposition from different sides. And yet, today end of roaming charges is a reality for all Europeans. It is at times like this that one realises, that we as MEPs can impact directly the lives of millions of people,” said Marlene Mizzi.
As of 15 June, phone calls, SMS and going online with your mobile device from another EU country will be covered by the national bundle. The minutes of calls, SMS and megabytes of data that a person consumes abroad within the EU will be charged at the same rates that would have been charged back home. People will no longer dread bills after a period spent outside their home country!
However in some exceptional cases operators will be able to apply safeguards (fair use) limit on data use while roaming to ensure that they can afford offering roam-like-at-home to their consumers, without increasing domestic prices at home.
Marlene Mizzi said: “The new rules will definitely benefit consumers. Having said that, however, there are some safeguards introduced to ensure that lifting of roaming fees will not put undue pressure on small domestic operators that can lead to unwilling increase of domestic prices at home.”
“Today we finally gave European citizens something tangible and real, but this is only a small piece of the puzzle. This is part of a bigger drive towards improving consumers’ rights and safeguarding a high level of consumer protection in the telecom sector. Today we celebrate roaming charges becoming yet another chapter in the history of this fast evolving technology, but as of tomorrow we will continue working in further improving the sector,” said MEP Mizzi.