Derek Vaughan MEP

Working hard for Wales in Europe

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.

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."

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