Vote on Roaming on public mobile communications networks within the Union:
- extracts from the vote on the report by Angelika NIEBLER (EPP, DE)
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 10/05/2012 First transmission: 10/05/2012
The cost of using mobile phones, smartphones and tablets when travelling abroad within the EU will fall sharply from 1 July this year, under an agreement with the Council endorsed by Parliament on Thursday. The new rules will also enable clients to buy roaming services from suppliers other than their home service suppliers and open up the market to new entrants, so as to boost competition and thus reduce prices.
The proposal will enter into force on 1 July 2012, replacing the 2007 regulation, which expires on 30 June 2012.
"Using mobile devices abroad remains expensive. During the summer holidays, our citizens will be able to take advantage of more favourable tariffs. Parliament has succeeded in its call for cheaper roaming prices for consumers, and in particular for data roaming. In addition, from July 2014, consumers will be able to choose an operator other than their national operator for roaming services. The new rules will also help to open up the market to new entrants and so increase competition," said rapporteur Angelika Niebler (EPP, DE), in the debate in plenary on Wednesday.
The agreement was adopted with 578 votes in favour, 10 against and 10 abstentions.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels
||EP Vice-President Gianni PITELLA opens the vote on the report by Angelika NIEBLER (EPP, DE) on public mobile communications networks within the Union, ambience shots during the vote.
||Digital screen with results, the agreement was adopted with 578 votes in favour, 10 against and 10 abstentions.