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Kroes fights for roaming charge abolition

Electronics Weekly - It seems the redoubtable Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the EU and European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, has a fight on her hands when it comes to abolishing roaming charges.

Kroes sees the widespread adoption of mobile broadband as a boost to European prosperity and that roaming charges are hampering the spread of mobile broadband usage.

The European Parliament is seen as likely to go for abolition. The Industry, Research and Energy committee of the EU Parliament recently voted unanimously to end roaming fees by July 2015.

The snag is that Kroes needs to get the proposal to abolish the charges agreed by the European Commissioners before October in order to get the proposal before the European Parliament to be enacted into law by the middle of next year.

And at least two commissioners, Viviane Reding, the Justice Commissioner, and Algirdas Semeta, the Tax Commissioner, are said to be against the proposal.