The European Commission is planning to abolish roaming charges in the EU by next summer.

The 27 European Commissioners last week voted to fast track major reforms of telecoms regulations, which aim to merge all 27 EU countries in a single telecom market.

Speaking today at the Single Telecom Market for Growth and Jobs public hearing in Brussels, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes said: "The EU has already taken action on mobile roaming, removing barriers, making prices fairer and introducing choice.

"But we still aren't there. Many citizens, for example, buy their minutes and megabytes as part of a bundle. But that bundle normally only works at home - rarely across the single market.

"I want to develop quick solutions that build on what we've already achieved, but the end goal must be clear. I know many of us dream of a true, integrated single market. And in such a market, there is no roaming."

Caroline Curneen, PR and Marketing manager at ECC Ireland said: "This is great news for consumers who still face large roaming bills when travelling with the costs of data roaming, in particular, remaining stubbornly high.

"We hope that these new reforms will finally spell the end for 'bill shocks' in Europe."

Concrete details of the plan will be announced by the commission in the next six weeks.