|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Communications Networks Content and Technology|
|Series Details||COM (2021) 85|
|Content Type||Blog, News, Policy-making|
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.
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.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry, Internal Markets|
|Keywords||Digital Technology, Mobile Phones | Telephones
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|