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Welsh holidaymakers will no longer face rip-off charges for using their mobile phones abroad following a deal made this week in the European Parliament.

Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan welcomed the deal, which has been reached with EU member states on the Telecoms Single Market, and sets the date of the end of roaming charges to June 2017.

Mr Vaughan said: "This is excellent news for Welsh people travelling to other EU countries for holidays, to work or to study.

"It means the cost of making a call or using internet data in another EU country will be the same it is at home.

"Labour negotiators insisted on having a clear end-date for roaming costs and we finally have it: 15 June 2017.

"Roaming fees will already decrease on 30 April 2016, when the current retail caps will be replaced by a maximum surcharge of €0.05 per minute for calls, €0.02 for SMSs and €0.05 per megabyte for data.

"This is yet another example of the benefits of staying in the EU single market, it provides real benefits for consumers."

Deal to end roaming charges across EU

Welsh holidaymakers will no longer face rip-off charges for using their mobile phones abroad following a deal made this week in the European Parliament.

This week the European Parliament voted to make shoppers' lives fairer and cheaper with a cap on credit and debit card transaction fees.

Labour MEPs joined others from across the EU voting in favour of the proposals with a huge majority of 621 to 26. The move will save British businesses some £480 million every year, and, the European Commission estimates it will save consumers across the EU more than £500m.

Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan said: "Every time we use our credit or debit card in a shop, the retailer is being charged for the privilege, the cost of which is added on to the purchases we make.

"It is not a transparent system as customers are not told how much of what they are paying is to cover these fees. What MEPs voted for today was to cap the fee at 0.2% of the overall transaction amount for debit cards and at 0.3% for credit cards.

"Right now the fees charged are around six times as much as the capped amount will be and  by saving retailers money these savings can be passed on to consumers.

"The only people to benefit from the higher rates charged at the moment are Visa and Mastercard, the new clearer fees are a big step in the right direction and I look forward to them coming into effect this September."

Mr Vaughan also said that UKIP voted against the proposals.

"Yet again UKIP MEPs have voted against European action that will benefit British businesses and British people.

"If UKIP had had their way today, costs would have remained far too high for Welsh shopkeepers and shoppers alike."

New cap on credit card fees to save British businesses and consumers millions

This week the European Parliament voted to make shoppers' lives fairer and cheaper with a cap on credit and debit card transaction fees.

Derek Vaughan MEP has challenged UKIP to explain their stance on meat labelling after they voted against country of origin labelling for meat in processed food, despite including the policy in their election pledge published last month.

Mr Vaughan said: "Labour MEPs voted in support of stronger traceability requirements for meat in burgers, ready-made meals and sandwiches.

"Ninety per cent of consumers want this information, which will allow them to make more informed decisions about the food they buy. This is about clear honest labelling that doesn't mislead consumers. If a beef lasagne is labelled as a British product, this would mean that it was made with British beef.

 

"Most UKIP MEPs voted for an amendment to delete our call for country of origin labelling to be mandatory, fortunately this was rejected.

"Country of origin labelling will help to restore trust in the food industry, which was badly damaged following the horsemeat scandal. Labour MEPs believe consumers have a right to know where their meat comes from and we have been calling for this for several years.

 

"I hope the European Commission will now listen to MEPs and consumers and extend mandatory ‘country of origin labelling’ for all meat in processed food."

Welsh MEP challenges UKIP stance on honest labelling and says we must avoid another horsemeat scandal

Derek Vaughan MEP has challenged UKIP to explain their stance on meat labelling after they voted against ‘country of origin labelling’ for meat in processed food, despite including the policy...


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