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2021/0045(COD) Roaming Regulation

Progress: Awaiting Parliament's position in 1st reading

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead ITRE WINZIG Angelika (icon: EPP EPP) HAJŠEL Robert (icon: S&D S&D), BILBAO BARANDICA Izaskun (icon: Renew Renew), SOLÉ Jordi (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), BORCHIA Paolo (icon: ID ID), TOŠENOVSKÝ Evžen (icon: ECR ECR), MATIAS Marisa (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Committee Opinion IMCO THUN UND HOHENSTEIN Róża (icon: EPP EPP) Adam BIELAN (icon: ECR ECR), Rasmus ANDRESEN (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), Marco CAMPOMENOSI (icon: ID ID), Anne-Sophie PELLETIER (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), Alex AGIUS SALIBA (icon: S&D S&D), Ivars IJABS (icon: RE RE)
Committee Recast Technique Opinion JURI
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 110, RoP 57, TFEU 114-p1

Events

2021/10/20
   EP - Committee decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations confirmed by plenary (Rule 71)
2021/10/18
   EP - Committee decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations announced in plenary (Rule 71)
2021/10/15
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2021/10/15
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading
Documents
2021/10/14
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading
2021/10/14
   EP - Committee decision to open interinstitutional negotiations with report adopted in committee
2021/09/16
   EP - Opinion on the recast technique
Documents
2021/07/14
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2021/07/07
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2021/06/23
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2021/06/16
   CZ_SENATE - Contribution
Documents
2021/06/10
   EP - Referral to associated committees announced in Parliament
2021/05/25
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2021/04/19
   EP - THUN UND HOHENSTEIN Róża (EPP) appointed as rapporteur in IMCO
2021/03/24
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading
2021/03/19
   EP - WINZIG Angelika (EPP) appointed as rapporteur in ITRE
2021/02/25
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2021/02/25
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2021/02/25
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2021/02/25
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2021/02/24
   EC - Legislative proposal
Details

PURPOSE: to extend the EU-wide roaming market rules by 10 years to allow citizens to continue to benefit from roaming without additional charges when travelling within the EU.

PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

BACKGROUND: the Commission recently reviewed Regulation (EU) 2015/2120 which amended Regulation (EU) 531/2012 and abolished roaming surcharges from June 2017 for an initial period of five years, subject to fair use of roaming services and the option to apply a sustainability derogation mechanism.

In November 2019, the Commission published its first full review of the roaming market, showing that travellers across the EU have benefited significantly from the end of roaming charges in June 20178. The use of mobile services (data, voice, SMS) while travelling in the EU has increased rapidly and massively, confirming the positive impact of roaming rules.

The review also concluded that the current wholesale and retail regulation is still necessary to ensure the viability of roaming. The Commission is therefore proposing a new regulation to extend the current rules, which expire in 2022, by ten years.

The proposal to revise the existing roaming rules is part of the overarching ambition ‘A Europe fit for the digital age’ and the specific objective ‘Digital for consumers’.

CONTENT: this proposal for a recast of Regulation (EU) No 531/2012 aims to extend the rules applicable to the EU-wide roaming market until 30 June 2032, 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.

The proposed amendments to the existing rules are as follows:

Sustainability of roaming for operators

The Commission proposes to set EU-wide wholesale roaming maximum charges for calls made, SMS messages and data at lower levels than those valid until 30 June 2022. The proposal sets out a two-step glide path for the maximum wholesale charges applicable for data, voice and SMS. The new maximum wholesale charges should act as a safeguard level and should ensure that operators can recover their costs.

Increased transparency

The proposed amendments aim to increase transparency at retail level regarding:

- quality of service (by bringing in an obligation for operators to clarify in their contracts with customers the quality of service that they can reasonably expect when roaming in the EU);

- communications on value-added services (by obliging operators to provide, in their contracts with customers, information on the type of services that may be subject to higher charges and similar information in the ‘welcome SMS’);

- access to emergency services (by bringing in an obligation for operators to include information on the different possibilities to access emergency services when roaming in the ‘welcome SMS’).

The proposal also aims to increase the level of transparency at wholesale level by creating a centralised EU database of number ranges for value added services. This database would give operators direct access to information on numbering ranges that may lead to higher costs in Member States.

Improving the quality of roaming services offered to travellers

The proposal obliges roaming service providers to ensure, where technically feasible, that roaming services are provided under the same conditions as if they were consumed domestically and mobile network operators to provide access to all available network technologies and generations).

Free-of-charge access to emergency services abroad

The proposed new rules would ensure effective access to emergency services, including by improving information on alternative means available to people with disabilities. To this end, the proposal provides for:

- the obligation for operators to provide in the wholesale agreement all regulatory and technical information needed to implement free-of-charge access to emergency services and free-of-charge caller location;

- the obligation not to levy on the roaming provider any charge related to emergency communications and transmission of caller location information.

The proposal also includes a number of amendments to simplify and reduce the regulatory burden.

Improving the quality of roaming services offered to travellers

The proposal obliges roaming service providers to ensure, where technically feasible, that roaming services are provided on the same terms and conditions as for domestic consumption of those services, and mobile network operators to provide access to all available network generations and technologies.

Free access to emergency services

The proposed new rules would ensure effective access to emergency services, including by improving information on alternative means available to people with disabilities. To this end, the proposal provides for:

- an obligation for operators to provide in the wholesale roaming agreement all regulatory and technical information necessary to implement free access to emergency services and the provision of caller location information free of charge

- an obligation not to charge the roaming provider for emergency calls and the provision of caller location information.

The Directive also includes a number of amendments to simplify and reduce the regulatory burden.

Documents

  • Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading: A9-0286/2021
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading: A9-0286/2021
  • Opinion on the recast technique: PE697.557
  • Committee opinion: PE692.718
  • Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report: CES1368/2021
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE694.950
  • Contribution: COM(2021)0085
  • Committee draft report: PE692.937
  • Document attached to the procedure: SEC(2021)0090
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2021)0027
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2021)0028
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2021)0029
  • Legislative proposal: COM(2021)0085
  • Legislative proposal: EUR-Lex
  • Legislative proposal: COM(2021)0085 EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: SEC(2021)0090
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex SWD(2021)0027
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2021)0028
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex SWD(2021)0029
  • Committee draft report: PE692.937
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE694.950
  • Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report: CES1368/2021
  • Committee opinion: PE692.718
  • Opinion on the recast technique: PE697.557
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading: A9-0286/2021
  • Contribution: COM(2021)0085
AmendmentsDossier
335 2021/0045(COD)
2021/06/07 IMCO 105 amendments...
source: 692.867
2021/06/23 ITRE 230 amendments...
source: 694.950

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  • PURPOSE: to extend the EU-wide roaming market rules by 10 years to allow citizens to continue to benefit from roaming without additional charges when travelling within the EU.
  • PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.
  • ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.
  • BACKGROUND: the Commission recently reviewed Regulation (EU) 2015/2120 which amended Regulation (EU) 531/2012 and abolished roaming surcharges from June 2017 for an initial period of five years, subject to fair use of roaming services and the option to apply a sustainability derogation mechanism.
  • In November 2019, the Commission published its first full review of the roaming market, showing that travellers across the EU have benefited significantly from the end of roaming charges in June 20178. The use of mobile services (data, voice, SMS) while travelling in the EU has increased rapidly and massively, confirming the positive impact of roaming rules.
  • The review also concluded that the current wholesale and retail regulation is still necessary to ensure the viability of roaming. The Commission is therefore proposing a new regulation to extend the current rules, which expire in 2022, by ten years.
  • The proposal to revise the existing roaming rules is part of the overarching ambition ‘A Europe fit for the digital age’ and the specific objective ‘Digital for consumers’.
  • CONTENT: this proposal for a recast of Regulation (EU) No 531/2012 aims to extend the rules applicable to the EU-wide roaming market until 30 June 2032, 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.
  • The proposed amendments to the existing rules are as follows:
  • Sustainability of roaming for operators
  • The Commission proposes to set EU-wide wholesale roaming maximum charges for calls made, SMS messages and data at lower levels than those valid until 30 June 2022. The proposal sets out a two-step glide path for the maximum wholesale charges applicable for data, voice and SMS. The new maximum wholesale charges should act as a safeguard level and should ensure that operators can recover their costs.
  • Increased transparency
  • The proposed amendments aim to increase transparency at retail level regarding:
  • - quality of service (by bringing in an obligation for operators to clarify in their contracts with customers the quality of service that they can reasonably expect when roaming in the EU);
  • - communications on value-added services (by obliging operators to provide, in their contracts with customers, information on the type of services that may be subject to higher charges and similar information in the ‘welcome SMS’);
  • - access to emergency services (by bringing in an obligation for operators to include information on the different possibilities to access emergency services when roaming in the ‘welcome SMS’).
  • The proposal also aims to increase the level of transparency at wholesale level by creating a centralised EU database of number ranges for value added services. This database would give operators direct access to information on numbering ranges that may lead to higher costs in Member States.
  • Improving the quality of roaming services offered to travellers
  • The proposal obliges roaming service providers to ensure, where technically feasible, that roaming services are provided under the same conditions as if they were consumed domestically and mobile network operators to provide access to all available network technologies and generations).
  • Free-of-charge access to emergency services abroad
  • The proposed new rules would ensure effective access to emergency services, including by improving information on alternative means available to people with disabilities. To this end, the proposal provides for:
  • - the obligation for operators to provide in the wholesale agreement all regulatory and technical information needed to implement free-of-charge access to emergency services and free-of-charge caller location;
  • - the obligation not to levy on the roaming provider any charge related to emergency communications and transmission of caller location information.
  • The proposal also includes a number of amendments to simplify and reduce the regulatory burden.
  • Improving the quality of roaming services offered to travellers
  • The proposal obliges roaming service providers to ensure, where technically feasible, that roaming services are provided on the same terms and conditions as for domestic consumption of those services, and mobile network operators to provide access to all available network generations and technologies.
  • Free access to emergency services
  • The proposed new rules would ensure effective access to emergency services, including by improving information on alternative means available to people with disabilities. To this end, the proposal provides for:
  • - an obligation for operators to provide in the wholesale roaming agreement all regulatory and technical information necessary to implement free access to emergency services and the provision of caller location information free of charge
  • - an obligation not to charge the roaming provider for emergency calls and the provision of caller location information.
  • The Directive also includes a number of amendments to simplify and reduce the regulatory burden.
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