Members' Research Service By / May 20, 2021

Roaming Regulation review [EU Legislation in Progress]

Nevertheless, five years after its implementation, the Commission needs to review the Roaming Regulation, with a view to extending the roaming market rules by 10 years.

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Written by Mar Negreiro (1st edition),

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The Roaming Regulation established the ‘roam like at home’ (RLAH) rule that mandated the end of retail mobile roaming charges as of 15 June 2017 in all EU Member States and EEA countries. The regulation is currently in force until 30 June 2022. The application of the RLAH rule has been a success, boosting the use of mobile devices while travelling to other EU/EEA countries. For instance, the use of data roaming increased 17 times in the summer of 2019 compared with the summer preceding the abolition of roaming surcharges. However, in 2020, owing to the pandemic, the number of travellers across the EU decreased along with the need for roaming.

Nevertheless, five years after its implementation, the Commission needs to review the Roaming Regulation, with a view to extending the roaming market rules by 10 years. The Commission is also seeking to continue lowering wholesale roaming charges, improve the quality of roaming services offered to travellers, and provide access to all available network generations and technologies and improved transparency, including free access to emergency services and information on any cost incurred accessing value added services, among other things.

Within the European Parliament the file has been allocated to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

Versions

Roaming on public mobile communications networks within the Union (Recast)
Committee responsible: Industry, Telecommunications, Research and Energy (ITRE) COM(2021) 085 24.1.2021
Rapporteur:

Angelika Winzig (EPP, Austria)

2021/0045 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Robert Hajšel (S&D, Slovakia) Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (Renew, Spain) Paolo Borchia (ID, Italy) Jordi Solé (Greens/EFA, Spain) Evžen Tošenovský (ECR, Czechia) Marisa Matias (The Left, Portugal) Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report

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