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The abolition of roaming charges shows that Europe can be practical and useful in citizens’ everyday life – Hayes

The abolition of roaming charges shows that Europe can be practical and useful in citizens’ everyday life – Hayes

Hayes launches advertising campaign to highlight new EU right

Dublin MEP Brian Hayes has today (Wednesday) reminded Irish citizens that in 2 weeks’ time roaming charges will be abolished across the EU. The Fine Gael MEP was speaking as he launched an advertising campaign to highlight the June 15th deadline. From this date mobile phone operators across Europe must adopt the “Roam Like at Home” principal.  This means that operators must charge the same for calls, text and data usage as they would at home.

Roam Like at Homre

“The EU has been battling to abolish roaming charges for many years. In two weeks’ time this will become a reality for all Europeans. For far too long we have been ripped off for using our mobile phones in another EU country.”

“This week I am launching an advertising campaign across Dublin to highlight to constituents their new EU right. Some mobile operators have attempted to find loopholes in the new law that simply do not exist. The fundamental principal of “Roam Like at Home” must be respected. Operators cannot impose higher roaming charges by modifying consumer’s contracts.”

“I encourage any citizen who believes their operator is not respecting the new law from June 15th to report the case to COMREG, who has the power to take action.”

“The abolition of roaming charges shows that Europe can be practical and useful in citizens’ everyday life. It is pro EU citizens and pro-consumer” concluded MEP Hayes.

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