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Digital 05-12-2017

Gabriel to present plan in May to slash mobile roaming fees with Western Balkans

Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner in charge of digital policies, will announce a plan to get rid of mobile fees between the EU and Western Balkan countries at a May 2018 summit in Bulgaria.
Central Europe 16-10-2017

Bulgarian MEPs discuss EU’s future, dissect Juncker, Macron speeches

The European Movement and the Union of European Federalists held a discussion on Friday (13 October) in Sofia on the EU’s future with three prominent Bulgarian MEPs from three different political forces.
Digital 04-10-2017

Pilar del Castillo: With changed rules, EU telecoms bill ‘can really boost investment’

Pilar del Castillo, the Spanish centre-right MEP leading negotiations on the EU's new telecoms bill, defends in an interview the European Parliament’s agreement on telecoms competition.
Digital 14-06-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni: EU wants us out of the roam zone

Hats off to the European Commission for squeezing two crowd-pleasing stories into one week. Just yesterday, Jean-Claude Juncker celebrated the 1 million 'Erasmus babies' (TMI, really) during a celebration of the programme. Tomorrow the EU wants to score again when it gets rid of mobile roaming fees within Europe.
Digital 01-02-2017

‘Goodbye roaming’: EU clears final hurdle to end mobile charges abroad

The European Union clinched a preliminary deal early on Wednesday (31 January) to cap wholesale charges telecom operators pay each other when their customers use their mobile phones abroad, paving the way for the abolition of roaming fees in June.
Digital 25-10-2016

EU considers concession to telecom firms to end roaming charges

Mobile telecoms operators across Europe could be allowed to charge each other higher fees for keeping customers connected when they travel abroad, under a Spanish proposal to help firms recoup their costs when roaming charges are abolished.
21-09-2016

The Brief: Roaming U-turn not worth the effort

The European Commission today set out its latest plan to abolish EU mobile roaming charges by 2017.
Digital 21-09-2016

After botched first attempt, Commission proposes new roaming bill with no time limit

In a bid to save face after a wave of outrage following a botched first attempt earlier this month, the European Commission proposed a new bill today (22 September) to get rid of mobile roaming charges by next year.
Digital 15-09-2016

Free Wi-Fi in cities? ‘We panicked for five minutes. Then we realised it’s not serious’

Telecoms companies were as surprised as anyone when Jean-Claude Juncker announced Wednesday (14 September) that the European Commission wants every city and village in the EU to have free public Wi-Fi in some places by 2020.
Digital 09-09-2016

Commission will ‘try harder’ on 90-day roaming charge limit

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday ordered officials to draw up new plans for the EU's landmark free mobile phone roaming policy after it ran into fierce criticism.
Digital 04-05-2016

End of roaming charges could see mobile operators hike other tariffs

The planned end of roaming charges within the European Union is often presented as a victory for consumers, but it could actually push up prices. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Spanish MEP Pilar del Castillo, rapporteur on the telecoms single market legislation
Digital 28-10-2015

Parliament green lights roaming and net neutrality

MEPs voted yesterday (27 October) against amendments to the telecoms single market legislation, passing the new law without last minute changes lodged against its measures on net neutrality.
Talks on the telecoms single market ended with an agreement that could be approved this fall
Digital 30-06-2015

Getting a telecoms deal: Harder than agreeing on Greece?

After almost 13 hours cooped up in talks, negotiators tasked with clinching some kind of a deal on the telecoms single market came to a breakthrough early this morning (30 June). At around two o'clock, frazzled MEPs tweeted that the marathon meeting had broken up with an agreement in hand.

German minister hopes to bury EU roaming fees

The European Commission and Parliament have long been pushing for a removal of EU roaming fees. But a recent move by German Transportation Minister Alexander Dobrindt could bring Europe closer to phasing out costs for mobile phone users in other EU member states. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 17-09-2014

Western Balkan countries attempt to lower roaming charges

Before the end of this month, Montenegro will host a meeting of communications ministers of several southeastern European countries, who will consider the possibility of reducing roaming charges in the region, following the EU’s example. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Elections 18-07-2013

Brussels plans sweeping rules to complete single EU telecoms market

The European Commission is drafting ambitious plans to scrap mobile telephone roaming charges and to seize greater control over the radio frequency spectrum before the EU Parliament mandate ends next year, in a proposal that is likely to pitch Brussels against national interests and industry.
Competition 16-03-2012

MEPs hold firm on lower roaming charges

Members of the European Parliament pledge to stick to the lower range of their proposed price caps for roaming charges. A recent report by national regulators found that providers’ costs for these services are likely to remain below the higher caps originally suggested by the Commission and backed by many member states.
Digital 29-02-2012

EU Parliament votes to lower roaming tariffs

The European Parliament yesterday (28 February) gave its first green light to the roaming overhaul, reducing the price caps on cross-border mobile telephone services.
Digital 09-06-2010

EU wins roaming battle against telecoms giants

Telecoms giants suffered defeat yesterday (8 June) after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the European Commission was right to set price caps on mobile roaming charges. 
Digital 07-06-2010

EU mulls new mobile roaming price cuts

The European Commission is studying new measures to bring down the price of cross-border calls, including the possibility of introducing ceilings on data roaming, EURACTIV has learned.
Digital 02-03-2010

EU caps Internet roaming to prevent ‘bill shocks’

The European Union yesterday (1 March) introduced price caps in Internet roaming to protect consumers from "bill shocks" when surfing the Web abroad.
Digital 01-07-2009

Lower phone tariffs kick in across EU

Making a mobile phone call across European borders becomes cheaper as of today (1 July) with the entry into force of the EU's new roaming regulation. Data and text messaging are also covered by the new rules on roaming, which telecoms operators decried for being driven by a short-term political agenda.
Digital 23-04-2009

Parliament adopts new phone call price curbs

Using a mobile phone to send text messages or surf the Web by laptop will become up to 60 percent cheaper while travelling in the European Union under price curbs adopted by the European Parliament yesterday (22 April).
Digital 25-03-2009

EU seals mobile roaming deal ahead of summer period

Prices of mobile phone calls made between EU countries will be further lowered as of July this year, according to an agreement sealed yesterday (24 March) over the EU's so-called 'roaming regulation'. As part of the deal, however, telecoms companies will still be able to subject users to an initial charging period of 30 seconds, which should enable operators to maintain some revenue.