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.
European news site EurActiv reports that the new rules for mobile roaming in the EU may face hurdles from the Council and national governments. Governments seem to be especially wary about the proposals for decoupling (giving consumers a choice of different operators for roaming) and easier network access for small operators. At the same time, the European Parliament ITRE committee has tabled a number of amendment proposals in a report drafted by Ms Angelika Niebler MEP. You may read the whole article over at EurActiv.
While Europeans for Fair Roaming calls on all EU institutions to ensure that the new regulation is adopted, we are confident that the current developments go in the right direction.
On July 6, the European Commission published their proposal for a new EU roaming regulation that will help to further bring down prices for using your mobile phone when abroad and already took up a lot of our initial demands. Last week, the proposal was submitted to the European Parliament committees on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and Legal Affairs (JURI) which will now debate the proposal and may make changes to it.
We are now reviewing proposals and ideas we have received from different people and gathered over the last weeks in order to put together a catalog of improvements to the regulation. Our goal is to make this proposal even better than it already is.
And you can help us to do this: Take a look at the proposal by the European Commission here and at the short description after the break (just click “continue reading”). And then just tell us what you think about it and how you think the proposal could be improved by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by commenting on this post.
Your input is greatly appreciated!
On September 20, Róża Thun MEP, who also supports our campaign, will host a working breakfast and debate with MEPs and Stakeholders on the new EU roaming regulation. The event will take place from 08:15 to 10:00 at the Members’ Salon in the European Parliament in Brussels.
During the discussion the Polish Telecoms Regulator will present its proposal on how to lower roaming cost further by injecting more competition into the European telecommunications market. Further speakers are expected to include Róża Thun MEP and Marek Sowa, Marshal of the Małopolska Region; Vesa Terava, Head of Unit, DG INFSO; Angelika Niebler MEP; Wolfgang Kopf, Senior Executive Vice President, Public & Regulatory Affairs, Deutsche Telekom; and Monika Stajnarova, Junior Economic Officer, BEUC.
For more information on the event and to register, please head over to the website of Róża Thun MEP.