γραπτώς. ‒ The vote in this particular item is one of the most important when it comes to the discussion about the digital future of Europe.
It is true that we have been more ambitious than the final text reflects, but the SD group managed, through fierce negotiations lasting for months, to secure that the forthcoming Digital single market strategy will be based on solid foundation.
We have achieved, on behalf of the European citizens, to abolish roaming charges, across Europe, starting the 15th of June of 2017. Additionally the non-discriminatory basis of our internet and digital activities is secured via the provisions included in the text regarding net neutrality.
It goes without saying that we have been aiming to higher standards, but this text, though not perfectly reflective of the SD group's perception, is a solid concrete step to the right direction, towards which the SD is leading the way.