The Malta Independent 22 January 2021, Friday

Moves by some governments to postpone the end of roaming fees ‘unacceptable’ – MEP Roberta Metsola

Friday, 6 March 2015, 17:19 Last update: about 7 years ago

"The moves by some Governments to postpone the end of unjustifiable mobile phone roaming fees across the European Union are unacceptable and is a setback to consumers across the continent," PN MEP Roberta Metsola said today.

Dr Metsola joined MEPs from across the political divide to send a letter to all EU Telecommunications Ministers, appealing to them not to postpone the end to mobile phone roaming charges. Dr Metsola is a Member of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee and has long called for an end to roaming fees in Europe.

"Last year, the European Parliament adopted a report calling for roaming charges to end by 15 December of this year. We are now seeing attempts by Governments to backtrack and attempt to delay the end of the charges by a longer number of years. This demonstrates lack of ambition. Roaming charges are part of an outdated business model and have no place in today's connected Europe. We need to ensure Europe has a true Digital Single Market," said Dr Metsola.

"Important Net Neutrality principles should likewise not be weakened. We need to be determined to ensure that any legislation we have is fully in tune with the reality of the times," added Dr Metsola.

Dr Metsola called for the Government of Malta to make its position on the issue clear. "I hope that Malta will be one of the countries pushing for real reform in this sector and backing our call to end roaming fees by December of this year."



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