Kroes and telecoms firms fight over roaming fees

Kroes and telecoms firms fight over roaming fees

Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner for the digital agenda, has set herself up for a summer battle with Europe’s biggest telecoms companies, dismissing their justification for roaming charges as a “myth” that impedes the smooth running of the single market.

The European Commission has become the target of an intense lobbying campaign by telecoms firms, which fear that legislation that Kroes is planning to propose on 10 September will destroy their business models, ruin their profits and make investment in infrastructure almost impossible. Kroes met the bosses of the biggest telecoms companies on Monday (22 July), following talks with executives from their smaller rivals last week, but she appears to be not inclined to yield to some their most far-reaching demands as the fine-tuning of the proposals enters its final six weeks.

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