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Roaming fair use rules: Commission services submit draft to European Parliament, Member States and EU telecoms regulators

The Commission services have published a revised draft of the rules needed to avoid abuses of the end of roaming charges in time for June 2017.

This follows on from discussions in the College of Commissioners on 21st September during which Commissioners endorsed a new approach to the fair use principle and agreed that there should be no limits in terms of timing or volume imposed on consumers when using their mobile devices abroad in the EU. At the same time, the new approach provides a solid safeguard mechanism for operators against potential abuses (press release, questions & answers)

Next steps

Member States will examine the draft proposal in the Communications Committee (COCOM). The Body of European Regulators in Electronic Communications (BEREC) will provide its opinion to the European Commission. The draft text has been shared with Members of the European Parliament, COCOM and BEREC. The Commission services are open to feedback on the draft proposal from other interested parties. This issue will also be discussed on 28th September during a workshop at the Digital Assembly 2016 in Bratislava.

Following these discussions, the Commission is due to adopt the implementing act by 15 December 2016 – in time to end roaming charges for consumers who travel in the EU as of 15 June 2017. 

Read the draft document.