Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

The agreement between MEPs and Council to extend the “Roam like at Home” scheme for another ten years was endorsed in the Industry, Research and Energy committee.

On Wednesday, Industry, Research and Energy MEPs endorsed the informal agreement reached in December 2021 with 69 votes to 0, with 6 abstentions. The rapporteur on the file is MEP Angelika Winzig (EPP, AT).

Under the agreement, a follow-up to the 2017 elimination of roaming surcharges, consumers will continue to be able to use their mobile phones when travelling abroad in the EU with no additional fees on top of what they already pay at home.

Next steps

The agreement will be put to a vote by the full House during the 23-24 March plenary session.

Background

The Roaming Regulation established the ‘Roam-Like-At-Home’ (RLAH) rule that mandated the end of retail roaming surcharges in the EU as of 15 June 2017. The regulation is currently in force until 30 June 2022. Five years after the regulation was adopted in 2015, the Commission reviewed the scheme to assess its effects and the need to extend it, as explained in its impact assessment.

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