Commission President José Manuel Barroso : "The Single Market is first and foremost for consumers. Here is a practical application of our Europe of results approach. With our proposal today, consumers using mobile phones within the Single Market will get a fairer deal."
Very high international mobile "roaming" charges currently affect at least 147 million EU citizens (37 million tourists and 110 million business customers). Provided that the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers support the Commission's proposal, the new EU regulation – which is a legal instrument directly applicable in all EU Member States as soon as it is published in the Official Journal of the EU – could come into effect by summer 2007.