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European Commission - Statement

Statement by Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip on the European Parliament's vote on wholesale roaming prices

Brussels, 6 April 2017

"As of 15 June 2017 people will be able to switch on mobile services, especially data, without fear of high bills while travelling in the EU.

I welcome today's positive vote of the European Parliament on wholesale roaming prices, following the agreement reached between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission at the beginning of the year.

This is a great achievement for all of us. Notwithstanding the final OK from Member States, this agreement on wholesale roaming prices will be the final step to end roaming charges for all travellers in the EU.

After nearly ten years, the EU is now putting a definitive end to the roaming anxiety that has plagued Europe since the beginning of the mobile era. Exorbitant roaming prices were an anomaly in a continent where people move freely between countries. With the end of roaming charges for travellers, we will achieve a much more vibrant Digital Single Market. At last, people will be able to stop turning off their data or phones when they cross an EU border and this will have an immediate positive impact on the lives of Europeans."

For more information:

Vice-President Ansip's speech ahead of the vote at the European Parliament

Frequently Asked Questions on Roam Like at Home

Updated MEMO and factsheets

 

STATEMENT/17/887

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