New EU legislation that will please Europe’s consumers is entering into force just in time for the summer holiday season: from 15 June, roaming charges are to be scrapped. So, wherever consumers are travelling in the EU, they can call, text and browse the internet on their mobile for the same price as at home. The phone companies are no longer allowed to add roaming charges to the bill.
The Presidents of the European Commission, Council and Parliament said:
“The European Union is about bringing people together and making their lives easier. The end of roaming charges is a true European success story.”
We agree wholeheartedly! While we’re happily chatting on our mobiles on the beach this summer, we’ll remember that the huge advantages when travelling within the EU are major successes and tangible results of the process of European integration. Without them, it would be impossible to explore Europe’s cultural and scenic diversity so easily or to travel and learn beyond our national borders.
These achievements also include the abolition of internal borders within the Schengen area, the creation of the euro area, with no need to change currency, and easy bank transfers, for paying hotel bills, for instance.