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EU scraps mobile roaming fees; EC President calls it 'European success''

Roaming prices are slated to decrease by more than 90% since 2007 due to this plan

IANS  |  Brussels 

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

The Union (EU) has enacted a legislation ending fees for phone users across the 27-member bloc.

"You will not have when travelling to another country from 15 June 2017," the said in a statement on Thursday.

"Every existing or new contract that includes will change," it added, saying the new rules cover data services, voice calls and SMS messaging.

"Roam like at Home" is the slogan adopted by the

The Commission's (EC) spokesperson Margaritis Schinas said that "after celebrating 30 years of our Erasmus programme, earlier this week, today we are demonstrating another tangible way the EU can provide benefits to its citizens."

President Jean-Claude said the end of roaming was a genuine success.

"The EU is about bringing people together and making their lives easier," he said.

For a decade, EU officials have been working to reduce, and ultimately end, "excessive" roaming that operators imposed on their customers each time they crossed an EU internal border, either on holidays or on business trips.

As part of this plan, roaming prices are slated to decrease by more than 90 per cent since 2007.

Most of the companies operating in the European markets have already complied, with the exception of a few such as Spain's Telefonica and Italy's Tim, who continued till Thursday before eliminating their roaming surcharge.

First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 12:23 IST