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European single market for electronic communications: a new milestone

The European Democrats welcome the adoption by the European Parliament of the Regulation on the European single market for electronic communications
(“Connected Continent”). The main measure of this text is the end of often abusive roaming fees, a "new stone in the European edifice" according to MEP Dominique Riquet (France).

The Members of the European Parliament, particularly the ALDE group, eventually overcame the "reluctance of the Member States" which have cost two years to the European consumers.

The EDP welcomes the implicit recognition of the principle of net neutrality but remains vigilant about the nature of the exceptions granted. The hazy wording requires a strict monitoring of the implementation of this regulation. The spirit of net neutrality is enshrined in the text but a more ambitious and clear agreement should have been sought, regretted Marian Harkin (Ireland) and Gérard Deprez (Belgium).

In general, these two sets of measures will help to ensure citizens and businesses to access to electronic communications services, wherever they are in the EU, without the limitations of cross-border nature or unwarranted additional costs. Dominique Riquet concluded: "significant progress remain to be made and I look forward to the new proposals of the Vice-President Andrus Ansip in the Digital Single Market in June 2016.".

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