Ukrainians will get free roaming in the EU: an important bill has appeared in Parliament
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has registered a draft law that will allow the country to introduce free roaming with the European Union. Once this happens, Ukrainians will be able to use mobile communications in EU countries at "home" tariffs.
This is the draft law No. 10265. It envisages Ukraine's transition to European roaming regulations. The adoption of European rules is a prerequisite for the creation of a single roaming area between Ukraine and the EU. Ukrainian legislation in this area must be harmonized with the European one by April 24, 2024.
"Ukrainians will be able to use their home mobile tariffs in the EU member states and not pay extra for roaming services. EU citizens have the same rights when visiting Ukraine," the Cabinet of Ministers explained.
Currently, Ukrainians in the EU enjoy temporary free roaming. Mobile operators introduced it on a voluntary basis in 2022, after Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Accordingly, the absence of additional fees can be seen as a kind of charity.
In addition, in the first half of 2023, mobile operators in Europe began to cooperate with their Ukrainian counterparts on commercial terms. As a result, free roaming for Ukrainians in the EU was cut.
As OBOZ.UA reported earlier, the EU Council approved a proposal to make Ukraine part of the European Union's roaming zone. Now Ukraine has to fully adapt its legislation in the field of mobile communications to European standards. After that, the EU Council will be able to finally approve the country's membership in the EU roaming zone.
If this happens, Ukrainians in Europe will not have to pay roaming fees. This rule has been in effect between EU countries since 2017. For example, a Pole can use his phone in Germany with the same conditions and tariffs as at home.