Victory for British holiday-makers as MEPs announce that data roaming charges in the EU will come to an end in July 2017.
Throughout tough negotiations to end the charges, which have taken more than a year, Labour MEPs insisted on a clear end-date for roaming costs in the face of mounting opposition from national governments. This was ultimately successful, as MEPs reached a deal with their European co-legislators on the Telecoms Single Market package, which will see a decrease in roaming charges from April 30th, 2016 until the official end to roaming charges on June 15th, 2017. On the 30th April 2016, the current retail caps will be replaced by a maximum charge of 4p per minute for calls, 1p for texts and 4p per megabyte for data.
Anneliese said “I’m glad that a date has finally been fixed for ending roaming charges, although I would have liked to see this happen sooner. It’s a positive step forward for consumers and shows the good work that the EU can do by making holidays in the EU more affordable as people no longer have to worry that they will be charged ridiculous fees for using their phones abroad.”