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EU vote a big step towards scrapping mobile roaming charges

April 3, 2014 1:23 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat George Lyon MEP has welcomed a vote in theGeorge LyonGeorge Lyon European Parliament today to abolish all mobile roaming charges across the EU.

These include costly charges for data roaming, which are currently capped at 37.6p per megabyte in the EU. Liberal Democrats at the European Parliament had tabled amendments to EU proposals that would see roaming charges phased out by December 2015.

Official statistics suggest that people from across the UK make more than 40 million trips to Europe every year.

Commenting, Mr Lyon said:

"Liberal Democrats have been clear that we want to see an end to sky-high mobile roaming charges and the vote today is another big step towards making this a reality.

"Our amendment will see charges phased out by December 2015.

"We now know that £8bn has been saved from EU reductions in roaming charges, and Scottish travellers now stand to save even more following today's vote.

"This is a common sense move to make life that little bit easier for the millions of British tourists who visit Europe every year, as well as the many local businesses who rely on trade with the EU."