Meeting in Brussels today, European ministers have agreed to the new EU roaming regulation that was passed by the European Parliament three weeks ago.
The Citizens’ Initiative against roaming charges in Europe, “Europeans for Fair Roaming” (FairRoaming.org) applauds the decision. It means that the new EU roaming regulation has now been accepted by both the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, the two law making bodies in the EU and will come in force on July 1. This new regulation will lower the prices for using mobile phones and tablets within the EU until 2014.
This new regulation is a big success for the citizen-led campaign “Europeans for Fair Roaming” that has been calling for further lowering of roaming charges for the last two years. The campaign managed to unite 20 associations, 14 Members of the European Parliament and a total of 150000 people behind the goal of making roaming charges in Europe a thing of the past.
The citizens’ campaign against roaming charges in Europe, “Europeans for Fair Roaming” (FairRoaming.org) has welcomed the new EU roaming regulation, which it fought for for the last two years. The new regulation will lower the prices for using mobile phones within the EU until 2014.
According to the new EU law, prices for roaming will be lowered to 29ct/min for calls and 70ct/MB for internet access in July 2012 and will keep going down to 19ct/min for calls and 20ct/MB for internet access by 2014. In addition, users will be allowed to choose a different operator for roaming which should bring about more competition. Consumer protection will also be improved when leaving Europe as operators will have to send a warning when the bill for internet use approaches 50 Euro.
A campaign to end the roaming rip-off
On the 10th of May, the European Parliament will vote on the new EU roaming regulation in Brussels. After the many long discussions of the last months, this will formalize the good compromise we managed to broker together with other consumer interest groups and politicians…
And we will be in Brussels to report “live” from the vote as it happens! On the 10th of May from around 11:00 am, watch this space and our Facebook group, Twitter account and Flickr set to follow the action. We will report from the vote as it happens, publish some great information material – and we will have an exclusive interview with one of the MEPs who supported us and invited us to Brussels, Dr. Paul Rübig from Austria!
If you like to meet up and talk to us about the consumers’ view on the new EU roaming regulation, please do not hesitate to get in touch by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.