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Sinn Féin MEPs meet with European Council Officials on Roaming Charges

25 June, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEPs Martina Anderson and Matt Carthy met with European Council representative, Dr Maris Andzans, to discuss the decision of the European Council to delay the abolition of roaming charges.

Speaking after the meeting, Midlands North West MEP Matt Carthy said:

“The European Council has taken a decision that goes against the democratic decision taken by the European Parliament and the clear wishes of the vast majority of the citizens they are supposed to represent.

“Both the European Parliament and the Commission had agreed to abolish roaming charges by December 2015. This decision was supported by Sinn Féin who voted for the abolition in the European Parliament.

“The decision taken by the European Council, which is made up of member state government ministers, to delay the implementation of this agreement will subject consumers along the border corridor of Ireland to ongoing extortionate roaming charges.

“I was glad of the opportunity to meet with the Council representative today to express my anger and frustration at this situation and to press the need to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

“These roaming charges present a barrier to cross border trade and the only winners from the European Council’s decision to delay their abolition are the Telecommunications companies.

“Sinn Féin will continue to put pressure on the European Council to implement this agreement without delay and we will be seeking the support of the Irish and British Governments to make this a reality.”

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