Finland’s minister of transport and communications, Anne Berner, is set to argue for further reductions in wholesale roaming price caps during tomorrow’s European Council debate into the issue.
An announcement from the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications outlined its belief the pricing agreed earlier this week by MEPs would lead to higher consumer prices.
Berner will argue this case when the proposals are presented and the council will decide whether or not to support the Finnish proposal.
The statement read: “It is Finland’s view that the proposal for a regulation on wholesale roaming markets will play an important role in the feasibility of the new roaming regulations that are to be applied as of next summer.”
“Finland considers the (proposed) price ceiling to be too high; as such it would likely increase the consumer prices of Member States.”
Earlier this week, MEPs agreed a suggested wholesale price cap of €0.03 for voice calls, €0.01 for SMS and a gradually decreasing limit for data charging starting at €4 per GB and eventually reaching €1 per GB.
The level of pricing will now be debated by European Council representatives from every member state, before eventually going back to the European Parliament for final approval – or further negotiation – by MEPs.