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Durkan welcomes EU plans to scrap mobile roaming charges across Europe

Speaking after the EU Commission announced its ambitious plans to scrap mobile phone roaming charges across Europe, SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan welcomed the measures as a particular benefit for his border constituency of Derry.

The Foyle MLA said: “I am delighted the EU Commission has decided to move forward with plans to scrap mobile phone roaming charges across Europe. This will undoubtedly benefit many member states and, especially, here in the North of Ireland.

“My constituency Foyle will particularly benefit from these changes being a border county as many people incur high roaming charges, even when they are still at home in Derry due to the closeness of the city to Donegal.

“These measures will bring forward a new set of rights for mobile phone users and ensure fairness and better regulation across the telecommunications sector. As Europe is growing and we are becoming better connected, it stands to reason that technology advances in line with us.

“For a number of years the SDLP has been calling for an all-island tariff to deal with the high costs our constituents are suffering in the North; either due to close proximity to the border or from travelling to southern counties at weekends.

“While I welcome the EU’s move to bring forward these measures by 2016, I will be working closely with my colleagues to ensure these measures are enacted here as soon as possible. In the interim, I will be calling on the Executive to work with our counterparts in the Republic to bring forward an all-island tariff to serve the people of Ireland in the immediate future.”

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