Our network has once again grown: Dutch member of the European Parliament Lambert van Nistelrooij and roaming operator Tep have joined our efforts.
Lambert van Nistelrooij is a member of the CDA party and the European People’s Party and supports lower roaming fees as a substitute member of the ITRE committee, which is the key committee discussing the new EU roaming regulation in the Parliament. Please visit his website at www.cda.nl/Nistelrooij for more information.
Tep (www.tepwireless.com) is a special provider for internet access abroad: Tep offers mobile hotspots with data packages for rental that work all over Europe and allow users to go online for low rates even when roaming.
Dutch member of the European parliament Judith Merkies (who now also supports our mission) has started a write-in campaign for lower roaming charges.
Ms Merkies who sits on the key committee ITRE stated: “Kroes’ proposal is way too cautious. We have a single market in Europe, haven’t we? Then why these high costs? I want to eliminate the differences between national and international rates as soon as possible.”
Merkies prefers more ambitious plans than those of Commissioner Kroes. Her goal is to completely abolish roaming charges until 2014: “From then on, it doesn’t make a difference if you call from another EU member state to Amsterdam, Lisbon or Berlin.”
Support Merkies; call Kroes and MEPs for action
To support her plans, Merkies calls for action: click here to send a direct e-mail to Members of the European Parliament or retweet the tweet posted below
Fed up with high roaming costs? RT this to @NeelieKroesEU, says @judithmerkies. Or e-mail MEPs: http://bit.ly/wE5a83 #stoproamingnow
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We are happy to announce that Arlene McCarthy, Labour MEP for North West England has endorsed Europeans for Fair Roaming and our demand for lower roaming fees in the EU. Ms McCarthy is a long serving member of the European Parliament and former chair of the influential Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee and current vice-chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. In her endorsement, she stated: “I work with my colleagues on the responsible committees now to ensure we continue to enforce and improve the consumer protection measures in place for users of roaming services.”
Please also visit her website at: http://www.arlenemccarthy.labour.co.uk/
Dear friends and supporters,
“Europeans for Fair Roaming” is the campaign that is fully committed to bringing an end to you being ripped-off by high mobile roaming-charges when abroad. The still existing roaming charges damage European integration and they damage our economy! They mean that virtual borders remain for communication where real borders have become invisible.
Because of the work done by our volunteers, the EU institutions have listened and already moved in the right direction with new, great proposals for better EU rules on roaming. But the new regulation is in the vital phase of debate in the European Parliament and is coming under intense fire from the lobbyists of the mobile operators who are afraid to lose their beloved cash-cow.
This is our challenge to meet. We have to step up our efforts, grow our campaign and reach out to more European decision-makers to ensure that the new rules against roaming are not killed by the greed of industry interests. Our campaign is fully run by unpaid volunteers who spend a lot of their private time and money on this project. But in order to finance our efforts, we need to raise another 4600 Euro (for travel costs, printing, mailing, website and advertisements)!
With a small donation of only 5€ (that’s just two cups of coffee!), you can help us to reach this goal! Click below to make it happen (using Paypal): http://bit.ly/s19mBX
All your donations will be used 100% for effective campaigning efforts and we will ensure to be totally transparent and show you how every single cent was used! Your small donation now can save you many hundreds of Euros in the coming years. So what are you waiting for? Help us get off the ground now: http://bit.ly/s19mBX
Thanks a lot in advance for your kind support,