Regulation (EU) 2022/612 on roaming on public mobile communications networks within the Union (recast)

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Regulation (EU) 2022/612 - formally signed by the co-legislators on 6 April 2022 - recasting the so-called Roaming Regulation. This is a text with EEA relevance.

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Regulation (EU) No 531/2012 - also known as the Roaming Regulation - aimed at ending roaming charges while travelling within the European Union (EU). Due to it expiring in June 2022, the aim of this proposal is to extend it for another ten years, while adjusting the maximum wholesale charges to ensure sustainability of the provision of retail roaming services at domestic prices, introducing new measures to increase transparency and ensuring a genuine roam-like-at-home experience in terms of quality of service and access to emergency services while roaming. As the Roaming Regulation was amended several times, the purpose of the initiative is also to recast the Regulation to improve clarity and replace the multiple amending acts it contains.

The European Commission published its first full review of the roaming market in November 2019. As part of its review, the Commission also ran a public consultation, from June to September 2020, to collect views on retail and wholesale roaming services and on the impact of prolonging these rules. The proposal for the recast Regulation was put forward by the Commission on 24 February 2021. Member State representatives adopted a general approach on behalf of the Council of the European Union on 16 June. The European Parliament's plenary session endorsed a negotiating position on 20 October. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text for this file was reached on 9 December. This was formally endorsed by the Parliament plenary on 24 March 2022 and by the Council on 4 April. The Act was signed by the co-legislators on 6 April 2022 and published in the Official Journal on 13 April 2022. This Regulation entered into force on 1 July 2022.

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BEUC: Press Release, 24/02/2021: Planned extension of roaming rules is good news for consumers
EENA: News, 25/02/2021: Review of the Roaming Regulation: Important Provisions on 112
EPRS: Briefing, May 2021: Improving roaming on public mobile telecommunications networks - Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment
EPRS: Briefing, January 2022: Roaming Regulation review

RTÉ News, 24/02/2021: Ten year extension to EU roaming ban proposed
Reuters, 24/02/2021: EU Commission proposes lower wholesale roaming price caps
Times of Malta, 24/02/2021: EU wants ban on roaming charges extended by 10 years
Politico, 07/12/2021: Europe is fighting over roaming — again
EurActiv, 09/12/2021: EU renews roaming until 2032 with gradual reductions for data cost
Reuters, 24/03/2022: EU lawmakers give thumbs up for lower wholesale roaming fees
RTÉ News, 24/03/2022: EU lawmakers back cut to wholesale roaming charges
Euronews, 04/04/2022: EU extends free roaming in Europe until 2032
Delano, 30/06/2022: Improved EU roaming regulation kicks off 1 July
Euronews, 30/06/2022: EU extends roaming regulations for telecom providers until 2032
RTÉ News, 01/07/2022: New EU roaming rules come into force

EUR-LEX: COM(2021)85: Proposal for a Regulation on roaming on public mobile communications networks within the Union
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)27: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)28: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact Assessment
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)29: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Subsidiarity Grid
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Roaming Regulation (2021/0045(COD))
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Roaming Regulation review
European Commission: Digital Strategy: Policies: Roaming: connected anywhere in the EU at no extra charge
European Commission: Public consultation on the review and prolongation of the Roaming Regulation (2020)
European Commission: News, 26/11/2020: Summary Report on the public consultation on the review and prolongation of the Roaming Regulation 2020
European Commission: Press Release, 21/02/2021: Commission proposes new Regulation to ensure EU travellers continue to benefit from free roaming
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 16/06/2021: Surcharge-free roaming – Council agrees its position on continuation and revision of the policy
S&D EP Group: Newsroom, 27/09/2021: S&D wants lower prices but same quality of mobile services when roaming in Europe
Renew Europe EP Group: Newsroom, 08/12/2021: Free roaming within the EU, lower caps for intra-EU calls and same quality of service everywhere, demands Renew Europe
European Parliament: Press Release, 09/12/2021: Agreement reached to extend free mobile roaming rules in the EU
European Commission: Press Release, 09/12/2021: Commission welcomes political agreement to ensure EU travellers can continue to benefit from free roaming
EPP EP Group: Newsroom, 09/12/2021: New roaming rules increase competition
European Parliament: Press Release, 24/03/2022: Ten more years of roaming without additional fees
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 04/04/2022: Mobile roaming with no extra fees to continue, following Council approval
European Commission: Press Release, 30/06/2022: New Roaming rules for travellers in the EU: “Roam like at home” for 10 more years
European Commission: New Roaming Regulation – Questions and Answers (30 June 2022)

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