The abolition of roaming charges in the European Union is extended until 2032.

The member states decided to suspend additional costs for telephone or internet use in other EU countries for a further ten years until 2032, as the Council announced on Monday in Brussels.

Originally, the abolition of roaming charges applied until June.

Even after June, EU citizens would now “be able to make calls, send text messages and surf the Internet at no additional cost,” the EU Council announced.

However, the rules on “appropriate use” are retained.

These are intended to prevent it from being permanently possible to make phone calls or surf the Internet in other EU countries without extra costs.

In December, the EU member states and negotiators in the European Parliament had already agreed on the longer suspension of roaming charges.

The formal agreement of the two sides was still missing.

The EU Parliament had given this at the end of March.

Roaming fees are charged for using foreign mobile networks.

For mobile phone calls within the EU as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, they were initially limited in 2007 and then gradually reduced.

They were then completely abolished on June 15, 2017.