In an announcement this week, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat, on behalf of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, issued the following joint statement concerning the ending of mobile roaming charges in the EU, effective 15 June 2017:
‘The European Union is about bringing people together and making their lives easier. The end of roaming charges is a true European success story. From now on, citizens who travel within the EU will be able to call, text and connect on their mobile devices at the same price as they pay at home. Eliminating roaming charges is one of the greatest and most tangible successes of the EU. Over the last ten years, our institutions have been working hard together to fix this market failure. Each time a European citizen crossed an EU border, be it for holidays, work, studies or just for a day, they had to worry about using their mobile phones and a high phone bill from the roaming charges when they came home. Roaming charges will now be a thing of the past. As of [15 June], you will be able to remain connected while travelling in the EU, for the same price as at home.’
The EU acknowledges that it has taken a long time to reach this goal, but hopes the agreement now struck will deliver the correct balance between the end of roaming charges and the need to keep domestic mobile packages competitive and attractive. ‘The end of roaming charges is at the foundation of the EU’s Digital Single Market and is another step towards building a united and sustainable European digital society, accessible for all our citizens’, it added.