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Democratic decision on roaming charges has been ignored by EU Council - Gildernew
Published: 14 March, 2015
Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew has called on European Council representatives to honor the European Parliaments commitment to end mobile phone roaming charges.
Ms Gildernew said;
"The European Parliament and European Commission both voted that mobile phone providers must abolish roaming chargesby the end of 2015.
"Now the European Council is proposing to extend that timeframe by three years. This is utterly unaccaptable and goes against the democratic decisions of the European institutions.
"Roaming charges are more than an inconvenience; they are an extortionate added cost to individuals, communities and businesses.
"They impact everybody, but they obviously have a greater negative impact on those around the border corridor - which affects a vast amount of my constituents.
The Fermanagh South Tyrone MP continues,
"My constituents and people right across this island rightly complain about European Union decisions that effect their lives, however it is important to remember that this decision was made by the European Council, which includes British ministers who represent the North of Ireland.
"These ministers wouldn't have a clue about the poverty and deprivation that people along the border are subjected to because of partition.
"Sinn Fein MEPs are continuing to press governments to address this matter and ensure that roaming charges are eliminated and eliminated quickly." Ends/Críoch
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