On July 1, the new EU roaming regulation came into force. On this occasion, we asked some members of the European Parliament who supported us for interviews. So, without further ado, read Arlene McCarthy (UK Labour), Judith Merkies (Dutch PvdA), Róża Thun (Polish Platforma Obywatelska) and Dr. Paul Rübig (Austrian ÖVP) debate the new roaming regulation, our activities and other work they are currently doing in the European Parliament:
Bengt Beier (FairRoaming.org): On July 1, the new EU roaming regulation came into force. It will lead to lower price caps for using mobile phones abroad and better consumer protection against bill shocks. From 2014 on, users will also get the right to choose a different operator for roaming services. How happy are you with this result? Continue reading
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Last week, the European Parliament’s ITRE committee voted for lowering roaming costs within the EU. This marked a big success and step forward for our campaign. The Parliament’s vote followed a proposal of the European Commission from last July but demands even lower price caps for roaming:
- no more than 15 ct/min to make calls and 5 ct/min to receive calls by 2014,
- no more than 5 ct for sending SMS,
- no more than 50 ct/MB for internet access from 2012,
- no more than 20 ct/MB for internet access from 2014,
- easier access for alternative operators to offer cheaper roaming services.
At a debate in the European Parliament last Tuesday, Europeans for Fair Roaming campaign coordinator Bengt Beier presented our demands and the state of our campaign to members of the European Parliament and stakeholders. Other participants included Marek Sowa (Marshal of the Małopolska Region); Vesa Terävä (Head of Unit, DG INFSO); Angelika Niebler MEP; Mr Marcin Cichy (Expert, Office for Electronic Communication Polish Telecommunications Regulator); Monika Stajnarova (Junior Economic Officer, BEUC) and representatives of other consumer groups and telecom operators. After having brought the issue on the table, the priorities for our campaign will now be to make sure users get a fair deal from the new EU roaming regulation. Concretely, together with other organisations, we are currently working on compiling a catalogue of possible improvements to the European Commission proposal on roaming that will be presented soon. The debate showed that there is great support from European Parliament members from all political groups for this.
Roza Thun MEP who supports Europeans for Fair Roaming stated that “we want the commission’s new proposals to be implemented and improved upon in order to ensure a borderless European market for telecommunications.”
TheParliament.com has a report on the debate which you can read here and Roza Thun published an article on roaming at publicserviceeurope.com. Please find more photos of the debate on our Flickr stream.
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.