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European Union works to remove roam fees

BERLIN — The timetable is tight, and the key decision makers appear to be dug in and uncooperative. Yet a consensus is emerging that mobile phone roaming fees — the scourge of European travelers — may soon be a thing of the past.

When she announced in May her desire to ban the unpopular fees, which travelers pay in the 28-nation European Union outside their home countries, Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner responsible for telecommunications, was greeted with skepticism. And with less than 11 months left before the European Parliament’s legislative session ends June 30, some observers in Brussels thought Kroes had run out of time.

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