Defence speech by the Court of Justice of the EC in the case Vodafone and others (C-58/08) on roaming on public mobile telephone networks within the EU

Type: Report   Reference: I-061369   Duration: 10:42:39  Lieu:
End production: 28/04/2009
The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the EC started on 28 April 2009 its hearing in case C-58/08, Vodafone and others. Plans to cut the cost of roaming charges for mobile phone users in Europe could be in jeopardy if the court rules in favour of telecoms companies. Four of Europe's largest mobile network operators - Vodafone, Telefonica O2, T-Mobile and Orange - have challenged the validity of the 2007 Roaming Regulation, which limits the rates that can be charged for using a mobile phone abroad. New roaming charges, which were approved by the European Parliament, are due to come into force on 1 July 2009 and would cut current rates by more than 60 per cent. Under the proposals, the price charged for sending a text message while abroad would be capped at 11 cent plus VAT, compared to a current EU average of 28 cent. The telecoms companies' case was initially brought before the British courts, challenging rules applying the legislation. The High Court in London has asked the Court of Justice of the EC to decide whether the Regulation was adopted on the correct legal basis.

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10:41:00 Title 00:00:04
10:41:05 Exterior view of the Court of Justice of the EC 00:00:05
10:41:10 General atmosphere inside the court room (8 shots) 00:00:58
10:42:08 ECJ Judges entering the court room 00:00:16
10:42:24 Soundbite by registrar of the Court of Justice of the EC, (in ENGLISH) launching the hearing in case C-58/08 Vodafone and Others 00:00:15
10:42:39 Cutaway 00:00:16
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