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Entrepreneurship and information technology minister Rene Tammist took part in the EU digital affairs ministers council, where the new Electronic Communication Code was adopted. The new regulation will provide people with better protection for consuming communication services. Tammist stressed that updating communication regulation was a priority for Estonia’s EU presidency and will be a major step forward for the EU. “One of the European Union’s greatest success stories in the digital sector has been the abolishment of roaming charges. When people travel to other member states, their mobile operator must ensure the same minute charge abroad as at home. Now we have to take the next step and set a tariff gap on intra-EU phone calls to make communication affordable to everyday citizens,” said Tammist. “Data and connectivity are defining keywords to describe the modern-day EU. Data volumes are continuously increasing. This year alone has seen 152 thousand terabytes of data per second exchanged in Estonia on average. The rights and obligations of consumers and data exchange service providers must be clearly regulated. This is what the new EU communication regulation framework will provide,” said Tammist. New regulation will also provide better protection to consumers when concluding agreements with data service providers. The EU Electronic Communication Code aims to provide better consumer rights protection, attract private investment to high speed networks, improve EU-level cooperation in the field of radio frequencies and ensuring fair treatment to new communication service providers such as Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and other alternatives to traditional communication services. The new Code was adopted in December 2018 and member states will have a transition of period of up to two years to adapt the code into their national legislation. The EU digital affairs summit also discussed other initiatives designed for digitalising the single market, including the regulation of communication privacy, improving cybersecurity and funding Digital Europe.