European Parliament ends roaming charges

Members of the European Parliament removed the last hurdle on the way to full abolition of retail “roaming” surcharges in a vote on Thursday. The abolition of retail roaming surcharges, now scheduled for 15 June 2017, will enable consumers to call text and use mobile data for the same cost at home and while travelling in another EU country. and transfer data across borders from another EU member state for the same cost as at home.

“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,” said Andrus Ansip, vice president for the digital single market. “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 [ending] roaming charges for all travelers in the EU.”