On 18 March, the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) voted on the Telecoms Single Market Regulation. On hearing the result of the vote, Vice President of the Commission Neelie Kroes said: "This vote is great news and I would like to thank the rapporteur Pilar del Castillo and all the MEPs involved for all their hard work and cooperative spirit. Digital tools and telecoms networks enable productivity and performance in every area of our lives. And now we are one step closer. This is about ensuring a dynamic, healthy, competitive telecoms sector, fit to face the future. It's about arming every European business with the tools and networks they need to innovate and grow. And giving every European citizen the seamless connectivity they have come to demand – without unfair practices like blocked services or roaming charges."

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