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Roaming charges must be scrapped altogether - Anderson

8 September, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said EU roaming charges should be scrapped entirely rather than merely suspended and reduced. 

Ms Anderson said:

“The European Commission and the European Council have both given assurances that roaming charges would be scrapped across the EU. Last year the Council took the decision to postpone the scrapping of roaming charges, stating that they’d be gone by June 2017.

“I and my Sinn Féin colleague Matt Carthy MEP met with European Council representatives after that decision and pushed them to remove all roaming charges as soon as possible.

“We welcome the news that those living and working along the border will avoid roaming charges providing they return regularly to their host network. However, this announcement flies in the face of what was previously agreed. MEPs in the European Parliament voted in favour of the scrapping of roaming charges altogether.

“Rather than end all roaming charges, the European Commission has announced that it will only remove roaming charges for a periods under 30 days.

“On top of that, you can only avail of this for 90 days a year - less than 25% of a year.”

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