Proposal for a Regulation on roaming on public mobile communications networks within the Union

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Series Details COM (2021) 85
Publication Date 24/02/2021
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 24 February 2021, introducing a recast of 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.

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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, May 2021: 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

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
European Commission: New Roaming Regulation – Questions and Answers (24 February 2021)
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 16/06/2021: Surcharge-free roaming – Council agrees its position on continuation and revision of the policy

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