SNP MSP Derek Mackay has today welcomed the announcement that the abolition of data roaming charges across the EU is today a step closer.

Following a deal between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, it is likely that data roaming charges will end in Europe starting from June 2017. This will help to open up internet access to EU citizens travelling between member states.

Commenting on the announcement, the Renfrewshire North and West MSP said:

“Anyone who has been on holiday abroad and forgot to turn their data roaming off on their phone will know just how easy it is for a huge bill to mount without even noticing.

“The abolition of data roaming charges will help to open up internet access to EU citizens travelling between member states, ensuring people across the EU can stay connected.

“Being able to enjoy the same data conditions at home and in Europe is an undoubted benefit of being part of the European Union.”

Mackay to Welcome Singing Children of Africa Back to Renfrewshire

A young choir group from Africa will be visiting Renfrewshire to raise funds for their home community in Kenya. The group is supported by the charity ‘Educate the Kids’ which is led by Scottish Granny Maureen McIntyre. The charity has helped fund a school and orphanage, with all funds raised will directly support their efforts back home.
The Renfrewshire contact, Mike Baldwin and his wife Lynn have been working on the visit, which will involve visits to local schools and businesses, with a fundraising concert planned for Renfrew Town Hall.

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has been supporting plans for the visit, and will also arrange for them to visit the Scottish Parliament.

Derek Mackay, MSP for Renfrewshire North & West, said

CGPugvoWoAEIWsp“Thinking beyond our borders I will be delighted to welcome the Singing Children of Africa back to Renfrewshire. The school group visited Paisley and local towns about 5 years ago, touching the hearts of everybody they met, whilst raising money for their school and orphanage in Kenya. They sing and raise funds for education, which is the key life to prospects.
“They will be performing across Renfrewshire, and a highlight will be in the Renfrew Town Hall on Friday 29th May 2015 at 7.30pm. Tickets can be purchased from my constituency office in 37 Hairst Street Renfrew, or by calling 0141 885 2076.
“All funds raised will support their magnificent efforts. These children have next to nothing, and any support for them, and their charity would be appreciated.
“When they visited Renfrewshire before they were wonderful, really bringing joy and happiness wherever they went, whilst raising desperately needed funds for their community. I fully support the venture and recall how generous Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire were last time they came.”