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Roaming-free Europe by the end of 2015: the fall of roaming borders

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In my career as Professor of Political Science, communication and public opinion were an important focus of my research. A great amount of my research and a considerable number of my publications are on these topics.

Likewise these issues were at the core of my activities during the period (1996-2000) I served as Director for the Centre for Sociological Research (CIS), the Spanish Public Institute dedicated to research, mainly through opinion polls.

After that, when I was appointed Minister for Education and Culture (2000-2004), I could put into practice all that my professional background had taught me to carry out the best political communication possible on all the reforms and policies I developed during my mandate.

Developing a single European market for electronic communications

Similarly, when I arrived at the European Parliament, I put the focus of my parliamentary activities on the Information and Communication Technologies sector, which, for obvious reasons, has a lot to do with communication as a whole.

“For the EU, current ICT developments offer a fantastic tool to help consolidate the European project and further intensify our feeling of being part of something that is at a higher level than national Member States” – Pilar del Castillo Vera

I believe the biggest steps our society has made in history have come very much hand-in-hand with communication development breakthroughs: the telegraph, the telephone, the television, etc. They have all brought about great changes in the way individuals interact socially and economically, and in our culture and politics. Today, the ICT sector is the motor of the extraordinary communications revolution that we are living.

For the EU, current ICT developments offer a fantastic tool to help consolidate the European project and further intensify our feeling of being part of something that is at a higher level than national Member States.

Communicating throughout Europe should be simple and not costly, in other words it shouldn’t constitute another border

With this in mind, and in order to allow people and businesses to profit from this common project, when the European Commission presented its proposal for a regulation on a single European market for electronic communications, I immediately showed my interest in this dossier and, finally, I was appointed Rapporteur.

Communicating throughout Europe without borders

Communicating throughout Europe should be simple and not costly; in other words it shouldn’t constitute another border. SMEs or individuals when, for example, on holidays or working shouldn’t have to face roaming charges.

The day when a German citizen can use his mobile to talk to his loved ones in Berlin while enjoying his holidays in Alicante, the day when a British student on a field trip to France can text his friends back at home, and the day when a Danish entrepreneur can, from Rome or Warsaw, download through his smartphone files stored in his office in Copenhagen, and they can all do it as if they were at home, that day another border will have fallen, the ‘roaming border’.

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