MEPs in Strasbourg have given their backing to a plan to reduce mobile telephone roaming charges for travellers within the EU.

The European Commission said the plan would cut prices to a quarter or a fifth of what some EU citizens now pay for making and receiving calls in other member states.

In the first year, the EU-wide roaming tariff would be set at 49c a minute for making calls abroad and 24c for receiving them.

This would fall to 46c and 22c in the second year and 43c and 19c in the third.

The caps would then lapse unless re-approved by EU states and the European Parliament.

The new charges could come into effect by the end of August, if approved by member states.

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