Removal of EU roaming call costs: “A significant step for Europe”
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    Removal of EU roaming call costs: “A significant step for Europe”

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    The EU has called time on additional roaming costs.
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    The Minister for the Digital and Telecommunications Agenda, Alexander De Croo (Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats) welcomed the agreement concluded yesterday (Wednesday). This was between the European institutions on the removal of EU roaming call costs with effect from June 2017.

    “With this agreement upon wholesale rates, the removal of roaming call costs from mid-June is a reality. This is a significant step for Europe. There is no place for border tariffs within a united Europe. European consumers will soon be able to make calls and surf the Web in the EU, without worrying about their bill,” the Flemish Liberal considered.

    The Secretary of State and former MEP, Philippe De Backer (of the Open VLD), commented on his Twitter feed, “This is a great victory.”

    The agreement, concluded during the period from Tuesday night through to Wednesday morning, was a necessary stage towards the complete abolition of additional retail roaming call costs.

    It will make it possible for consumers to use their mobile telephones in other EU countries, as if they were in their home country, without having to pay additional costs.

    Roaming wholesale prices indirectly affect end user accounts. Thanks to agreed ceilings, telephone operators can henceforth offer roaming services to their customers with no additional costs compared to those of national mobile telephone tariffs.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times