We are happy to announce that the support for our issue is growing further:
With the ÖH Salzburg, part of the Austrian Students’ Union, we are now supported by the representation of over 16.000 students in Salzburg, of which a large number come from abroad and know about the problem of roaming first-hand.
Piraattipuolue (the Pirate Party of Finland) is the Finish branch of the world-wide Pirate Party movement and strives to improve the protection of individual rights, especially privacy, reform laws regarding copyright and patents and increasing openness in decision-making and reforming democracy through the information society.
The European Citizens’ Pressure Group ECPG is a pan-European, pro-European group of citizens and politicians that want so ensure that European Citizen get heard concerning the future development of the European Union.
This just shows the growth trend we observed over the last weeks and we are looking forward to the further development of this campaign!
Due to changes to Facebook’s groups, we are now setting up a new Facebook “Page”. To support our campaign, please head over to our new Facebook page and like it!
Reports from today have uncovered the new plans of the European Commission to lower roaming charges for using mobile phones abroad in the EU. According to a draft of the proposal, roaming call prices might sink to 24 cents per minute – but only from 2014 on. Further caps, especially for data roaming are to be expected.
In order to ensure that unfair roaming charges will finally be abolished, organisations from all over Europe have joined up to form a network against unfair roaming charges, “Europeans for fair roaming” (www.fairroaming.org). These include the only pan-European political party Europe United – the European Party, European campaign experts from the Austrian Institute for Law and Policy, the European youth organisation JEF, the technology news website ZDNet UK, JE Bayern and French Parti Federaliste and more are expected to join soon. Together, those organisations already represent several ten thousands of citizens from all over Europe. The goal of this European network will be to campaign for the abolition of all unfair mobile roaming charges across Europe.
The President of Europe United, Bengt Beier commented: “The proposals by the European Commission definitely point in the right direction but we now need to make sure they will be implemented. At the end, the EU will have to take action to abolish roaming fees once and for all.”
Over the last weeks, the FairRoaming.org network has developed and grown successfully: we are now supported by technology news site ZDNet UK (who are also running the petition against unfair data roaming charges) and the French federalist activists of the Parti Federaliste.
From the 5th to 7th of May, we were also represented by Europe United President Bengt Beier at the European Citizens’ Initiative Summit 2011 in Vienna where we presented the project to stakeholders and initiators and networked with several other interested organisations. So, stay tuned for the next developments…