Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP for Ireland North and West today strongly welcomed the announcement by the European Commission to reduce roaming charges for mobile phone calls, text messages and data.
 
The draft Regulation announced today by the European Commission will reduce roaming costs charged to Irish people who use their mobile phone when travelling in the European Union.
 
Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP stated today “I strongly welcome the proposal by the European Commission to introduce new price caps on roaming charges for mobile phone calls, text messages and data. The reduction in roaming charges is a central pillar of the EU’s digital agenda, part of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.”
 
“The Regulation, which will be binding across the 27 EU Member States, proposes a year on year reduction in roaming costs until 2014. By 2014, it will cost 24 cent per minute to make a phone call and 10 cent per minute to receive a call while roaming. Text messages will cost 10 cent and data per MB will cost 50 cent.”
 
“These prices may be further reduced due to greater competition as prior to travelling abroad, individuals will be allowed to choose the cheapest network provider, while keeping their same number and SIM card.”
 
The current Regulation on roaming charges caps outgoing calls at 35 cent per minute, incoming calls at 11 cent per minute and text messages at 11 cent.  Under current rules there is no price cap on data.