Press Releases :: EU Roaming Regulation
(25/06/2007) Using your mobile phone abroad will become substantially cheaper this summer thanks to the EU's intervention. With the publication of the EU Roaming Regulation in the EU's Official Journal at the end of this week, this important piece of internal market legislation will become binding law in all 27 Member States on 30 June. This finally ends in record time the legislative process, started on 12 July 2006 by the European Commission, to curb the excessive roaming charges that consumers and business travellers have so far endured while abroad in other EU countries. The national regulatory authorities, together with the Commission, will closely monitor the transition to the new roaming rules to ensure no abuses take place.
“At last Europeans can breathe a sigh of relief as the EU Roaming Regulation finally becomes binding law across all Member States. We hope we've now seen the last of excessive roaming charges. I note with satisfaction that some operators are offering the new Eurotariff already as of 1 July," said EU Telecom Commissioner Viviane Reding. "The Commission will, however, continue to monitor prices, in particular for SMS and data roaming, to make sure consumers do not suffer in other ways and to ensure after three years there is no longer a need to regulate. I hope that operators now understand the EU's ability to act. My message to them: Move now and bring SMS and data roaming charges down quickly, or we will be forced to also intervene there very shortly."
Commission Press Room: IP/07/870