Members' Research Service By / July 4, 2017

Wholesale roaming regulation: A precondition for ‘roam like at home’ [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Mar Negreiro (3rd edition), In 2015 the Council and European Parliament agreed in Regulation 2015/2120 that on 15 June 2017…

Top view of woman walking in the street using roaming her mobile phone with copy space. All screen graphics are made up.

Written by Mar Negreiro (3rd edition),

Woman walking smartphone interface roaming
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In 2015 the Council and European Parliament agreed in Regulation 2015/2120 that on 15 June 2017 roaming charges for mobile phone use would be abolished in the EU. After that date, ‘roam like at home’ (RLAH) would become a reality for all Europeans.

The regulation did not, however, address the wholesale roaming market, on account of the need to investigate market conditions in more depth. A review for the European Commission concluded that national wholesale roaming markets are not working well and need regulatory intervention. It therefore proposed a regulation establishing the maximum level of wholesale roaming charges that telecoms operators can charge each other for calls, text messages and data, to take effect from 15 June 2017.

An agreement was reached in trilogue that lowers significantly the wholesale data caps originally proposed, to take into account the falling unit price of data over time. As a result, since 15 June 2017 retail roaming charges have disappeared in the EU and EEA/EFTA countries This means that RLAH is now the reality in the EU.



Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 531/2012 as regards rules for wholesale roaming markets
Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:







Industry, Research and Energy

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, S&D, Finland

Paul Rübig, EPP, Austria

Evžen Tošenovský, ECR, Czech Republic

Jens Rohde, ALDE, Denmark

João Ferreira, GUE/NGL, Portugal

Michel Reimon, Greens/EFA, Austria

David Borrell, EFDD, Italy

Lorenzo Fontana, ENF, Italy

COM(2016) 399 15.6.2016


Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)





Procedure completed Regulation (EU) 2017/920
OJ L 147, 9.6.2017, p. 1

Stage: Adoption



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