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McLaughlin welcomes EU move on Mobile Phone charges

23 May, 2007


Sinn Féin Economic Spokesperson, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA (South Antrim) has welcomes proposals by the EU to impose a cap on Mobile Phone roaming charges.

Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"I welcome the recognition by the EU that Mobile Phone operators were unlikely to act in the interests of the consumer. The expected positive vote in Brussels today will finally address the financial penalty imposed by these operators on travellers. I have campaigned for regulation of this industry for many years and have met on a number of occasions with the Regulators responsible both North and South to lobby for such action.

"The announcement by the EU that it is to bring forward legislation today that will cap roaming charges is welcome news for the thousands of consumers who have been the victims of exorbitant roaming charges. It will clearly be a relief to holidaymakers and business people who regularly travel to Europe.

"Unfortunately although it will reduce the cost it will not address the issue for consumers here of inadvertent roaming for those who live or travel close to the border. I will continue to campaign to have this anomaly removed.

"I welcome this action by the EU to take resolute action to protect the consumer. Mobile operators were given ample opportunity to self-regulate but failed to act. It is therefore crucial that the E.U. authorities and the Regulators are vigilant and ready to act if the operators attempt to recoup their present excessive profits by increasing domestic charges." ENDS

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