On Thursday, by voting, European parliamentarians removed the last obstacle on the way to completely abolish roaming charges for citizens of the European Union.
Andrus Ansip, the vice president of the European Commission said that as of June 15, “users will be able to use mobile services, and data transmission, without fear of high bills when traveling in the countries of the European Union”.
The European Parliament adopted the text and informally agreed with the Council, with 549 votes for, 27 against and 50 abstentions.
The draft regulation defines the limits the amount that operators can charge usage of their networks to provide roaming services and it covers voice calls, text messages and data usage.
Until now, EU citizens had to pay substantial costs to use roaming during the visit or work in other members states of the EU.