New figures uncovered by Liberal Democrat MEP George Lyon have shown that EU caps on roaming fees have saved consumers across Europe an estimated £8bn over the past 5 years.
In a response to a Parliamentary Question tabled by Mr Lyon and eight other Liberal Democrat MEPs, the European Commission has estimated total savings for EU consumers since 2009 at about 9.6 billion euros (£8bn).
Commenting, Mr Lyon said:
“These figures show that EU price caps have literally saved customers billions of pounds, with the average cost of roaming now five times lower than it was in 2007.
“Liberal Democrats in Brussels have led the charge to cut unfair roaming charges, and are now campaigning to end them altogether in the EU by 2015.
“This is yet another example of why in Europe means a better deal for Scotland and for the UK. Out of Europe would leave travellers counting the cost of these unfair charges.
“At the European elections we are campaigning as the Party of In Europe, because being in means we can protect jobs at home and cut costs for UK citizens abroad.”
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