Roaming charges u-turn a real worry for border residents - MEP

Roaming charges u-turn a real worry for border residents - MEP

Independent MEP Marian Harkin has today called on the European Commission to immediately reverse its decision to allow telephone network operators to charge and limit call or data volumes if customers roam for over 90 days per year.

Speaking in reaction to the Commission’s decision, the Independent MEP said: “This goes directly against the agreement which was made last year between the European Parliament and the Member States which was to abolish roaming charges across the EU by 15th June 2017.”

She added: “This is especially worrying for people living along the border region where roaming charges can occur on a daily basis and who may be caught roaming for more than 90 days per year. This regulation was meant to help these very people and now it may result in the continuation of unfair costs to them.”

She said network operators may now have the ability to continue to charge customers who roam for more than 90 days per year unless the Commission changes their decision. “To me, these rules significantly alter the agreement that was reached and provides operators with the possibility to continue to rip off consumers,” she said.