Derek Vaughan MEP

Working hard for Wales in Europe

European Parliament scraps mobile phone roaming charges

Welsh holidaymakers will no longer face rip-off charges for using their mobile phones abroad following a vote today in the European Parliament.

The overwhelming backing by MEPs for a single market for electronic communications means that, from 2016, roaming costs will be abolished across the EU, bringing huge savings to consumers and businesses.

Welsh Labour MEP Derek Vaughan said:

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

It’s good news for Welsh people travelling throughout Europe whether on holidays or for business."

Peter Skinner MEP, Labour's European spokesperson on industry, said:

"I'm glad that today we've finally set a date for an end to roaming. I challenge anyone to deny the benefits of staying in the EU single market when we can see such real benefits for the consumer."

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