Scottish MEP backs final deal to end mobile roaming charges


Mobile phone roaming in the EU ends in July 2017 and will be significantly cut next Summer in an agreement on telecoms laws backed by the European Parliament. Ian Duncan, Conservative MEP for Scotland, voted to stop millions of Scots facing eye-watering bills simply for using their phones whilst travelling in the EU.

Vicky Ford MEP, ECR spokesman on Consumer Affairs, secured a deal whereby online parental controls can be maintained, under national law, giving governments until the end of 2016 to continue their national legislation.

Ian said:

"This is a perfect example of where the EU can make a real difference. Ending mobile phone roaming from 2017 will mean that Scots travelling across Europe will be able to use their apps, make calls and text as if they were at home.

"I want to pay tribute to my colleague Vicky Ford who was instrumental in securing important safeguards to prevent excessive usage, and to make sure that phone operators are not forced to offer roaming services at a loss, meaning that domestic customers do not end up subsidising those customers who travel.

"We have achieved a sensible timescale that gives mobile operators the time to sort out the marketplace in preparation for the abolition of roaming fees."


Notes to editors

Ian Duncan is the Conservative MEP for Scotland.
Vicky Ford MEP is the Conservative MEP for the East of England, and Chair of the Internal Market Committee in the European Parliament.

Contact Andrew Johnston

Head of Office, Ian Duncan MEP