Free roaming after all


Today the European Commission agreed on a new set of draft rules to abolish roaming in the EU by June 2017.

Member of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake (D66/ALDE): "We have consistently pushed for an end to roaming charges. Eliminating them is key to build a true digital single market. Fortunately the Commission changed its mind and got rid of time and data limits on roaming."

Guarantees against abuse

In the new plan telecom operators will be able to check consumers' usage patterns to make sure that they do not abuse the system, for instance by buying packages of cheap SIM cards in one EU country and sell it to those who are using it permanently elsewhere.

Schaake: "Instead of punishing all consumers, the Commission proposes a mechanism to deal with potential bad apples. It remains to be seen how this mechanism will work in practice."