MEPs to end expensive calls between EU countries, in 2019 

New telecom rules to cap prices for intra-EU calls, push for super-fast 5G networks and create an alert system for emergencies, will be put to the vote on Wednesday.

The new legislation will cap intra-EU phone calls at 19 cents per minute for calls and 6 cents for text messages (SMS) from 15 May 2019. It will also better protect smartphone users, including users of web-based services (Skype, WhatsApp, etc.). Additionally, member states will have to facilitate the rollout of 5G networks.

A “reverse 112” system will become obligatory in all member states to ensure that citizens are alerted by SMS or mobile app in the event of a major emergency or disaster in their area.

Debate: Wednesday, 14 November

Vote: Wednesday, 14 November

Procedure: Co-decision

Press conference: Wednesday, 14 November 11.00