The commission said heads of EU member states have "agreed to successfully conclude the legislative process on the reduction of roaming tariffs by the end of the first half of 2007".
The commission proposals involve setting a maximum price of 11p a minute for receiving calls, 34p a minute for calling home and 23p a minute for calls within a country.
But the plans have met with fierce opposition from operators for who, in some cases, roaming makes up to 18% of their revenue, which would mean at least a EUR4.3 billion total loss of revenues to E.U. telecom operators.
The the UK and Italy are against the Commission’s proposals to put in place an absolute ceiling for what operators can charge users for roaming calls. The two countries are looking for an average ceiling, calculated over a year.
If the fine-print can’t be agreed tomorrow, the commission could miss it’s own deadline to reduce roaming fees, despite being fast-tracked, and Reding’s plans wouldn’t stand a chance of taking affect by this summer.
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