Implementing the Services Directive could rise economic output by some 2.6% in five to 10 years, MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt told EURACTIV ahead of an EU leaders meeting in Brussels dedicated to growth.
A key committee in the Parliament backed a proposal, on 12 April, to slash costs for mobile phone customers using their handsets in other EU countries and to make the cheaper rates apply automatically to all users.
The European Parliament on 13 December adopted, without amendments, the Regulation that states that charges for transactions in euros within the EU should be the same across borders as within a single Member State.
The Parliament voted that charges for transactions in euros within the EU should be the same across borders as within a single Member State. The Commission agrees with the Parliament's three amendments.
According to a new study conducted for the Commission, banks and credit institutions in the EU still charge excessive fees for cross-border credit transfers within the EU. The European Banking Federation says that its research shows results contrary to those of the Commission.