Statement

Roaming Charges to be abolished in June 2017 – Hayes

Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes has today (Tuesday) welcomed confirmation that roaming charges across the EU will be abolished by June 2017. The decision comes following agreement reached yesterday between the Commission, the Council and the Parliament.

“I welcome the announcement that roaming charges are to be abolished in June 2017.  This is good news for EU citizens. On average we in Ireland use our mobile phone than any other EU Member State.”

“From April 2016 a phrasing out of roaming charges will commence. This transitional period will mean that roaming charges will be four times lower than is the case today.”

“EU citizens have been faced with excessive mobile phone charges for too long. Today’s announcement is long overdue.”

“This decision is now required to be voted on in the European Parliament. Parliament has led the way on this issue. The ultimate abolition of roaming charges represents a good days work for the European Parliament” concluded Mr Hayes.

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