European consumers making phone calls to other EU countries will have the price of their calls capped under new limits introduced by Brussels.
As of Monday, intra-EU telephone calls will be capped at a maximum of 19 cents per minute and SMS at 6 cents per message, not including VAT.
The measures were agreed as part of an overhaul of EU telecom rules last year and pushed for by the European Parliament. The caps are designed to help reduce the gap between the cost of domestic and international calls in the EU which vary across different telecoms operators in the bloc.
The average standard price of an international fixed or mobile intra-EU call is three times higher than a domestic phone call, while international intra-EU text messages are more than twice as expensive, according to the European Commission.
The introduction of price caps comes after the EU abolished roaming charges for European mobile users in 2017.
“European consumers are now comprehensively covered against bill shocks when calling any European number, both at home and abroad,” said Mariya Gabriel, EU digital commissioner.