LEX signature ceremony on the roaming regulation: statement by Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor and President in office of the Council of the EU, group photo and statement by Paul Rübig, Member of the EP

Type: Report   Reference: I-054537   Duration: 10:57:47  Lieu:
End production: 27/06/2007
The regulation on mobile phone roaming was signed into law by Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP, and Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor and President in office of the Council of the EU. On 30 June 2007, a new EU Regulation came into force which will see substantial reductions in the cost of using mobile phones in other EU Member States. The so-called Roaming Regulation sets price caps for making and receiving a call in another EU country. Mobile phone operators are obliged to offer the new rates to their customers by 30 July 2007 at the latest. The new regulation was first proposed by the European Commission in July 2006 and, following one of the fastest ever agreements between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, it was finally approved after 11 months on 7 June 2007. The Regulation will initially apply for three years. During this period the European Commission, together with national regulators, will monitor its implementation closely. The European Commission will assess the Regulation within 18 months to determine whether or not to prolong its validity and whether it should be extended to cover SMS and data roaming

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10:55:13 Title 00:00:04
10:55:18 Arrival of Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor and President in office of the Council of the EU, Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, in the hemicycle (3 shots) 00:00:06
10:55:24 Angela Merkel greeting Viviane Reding, Member of the EC in charge of Information Society and Media 00:00:20
10:55:44 Cutaway of photographers 00:00:08
10:55:52 Members of the EP 00:00:04
10:55:56 Angela Merkel (in GERMAN) showing a GSM and stressing the importance of the roaming regulation entering into force and the fact that EU peoples will now have good conditions to phone when travailing abroad (3 shots) 00:00:11
10:56:07 Cutaway of photographers 00:00:04
10:56:11 Signing ceremony with Angela Merkel and Hans-Gert Pöttering (7 shots) 00:00:30
10:56:41 General view of the session with Members applauding 00:00:10
10:56:51 Paul Rübig, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) saying that he is very glad because it was a tough fight; in the very beginning everybody said it is not possible to make such a law, but now we see that if you work hard you can achieve it; from 30 June 2007 the legislation will be active; then the operators have one month to deliver an offer to their customers, and after the customers' decision they have again one month to deliver the new tariff; if nothing is done, after three months it is automatically done (2 shots) 00:00:46
10:57:37 Mobile phones 00:00:10
10:57:47 Paul Rübig on the phone, entering the hemicycle 00:00:15
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