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Roaming charges ended in the European Union on 15 June 2017. Europeans travelling within EU countries will 'Roam Like at Home' and pay domestic prices for roaming calls, SMS and data.

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Siim Kallas © EU
31/03/2014 - Statistics / Transport and travel

2013 is the second year in a row that saw an impressive decrease in the number of people killed on Europe's roads. According to preliminary figures, the number of road fatalities has decreased by 8% compared to 2012, following the 9% decrease between 2011 and 2012.

Gavel on table © EU
28/03/2014 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission has taken 139 decisions, including 11 reasoned opinions and 3 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

Graph showing the ESI indicator © EU
28/03/2014 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

In March the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) increased by 1.2 points in the euro area (to 102.4), while remaining broadly flat in the EU (a marginal increase by 0.3 points to 105.3). The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area remained broadly unchanged (at +0.39).

Michel Barnier © EU
27/03/2014 - Economy and the euro

The European Commission has adopted a package of measures to stimulate new and different ways of unlocking long-term financing and support Europe's return to sustainable economic growth.

Stethoscope on Globe © EU
27/03/2014 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Although 2013 has been a year of crises in some of its partners, reflecting political instability and difficult socio-economic conditions, the EU has continued to support efforts to enhance democratic governance, build security and support sustainable and inclusive development.

Handshake between Herman van Rompuy, Barack Obama and José Manuel Barroso © EU
26/03/2014 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Meeting at the occasion of the EU US Brussels summit, Herman Van Rompuy, José Manuel Barroso, and President Barack Obama discussed the strong EU-US partnership, International foreign policy, the crisis in Ukraine and key global challenges.

Neven Mimica © EU
25/03/2014 - Consumer affairs and public health

For 10 years the EU Rapid Information system (RAPEX) has been guarding European consumers against un-safe non-food products. In 2013 a total of 2,364 measures were taken by EU Member States.

Woman tending to organic plants © EU
25/03/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries

The European Commission has published new proposals for a new Regulation on organic production and the labelling of organic products. Consumer and producer concerns are at the heart of this new proposal, which seeks to address shortcomings of the current system.

High speed train © EU
21/03/2014 - Transport and travel

The rules determine how public authorities across Europe may contract for the provision of public transport services by rail, metro, tram or bus, how to award these contracts and how to compensate for public service obligations.

José Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy © EU
20/03/2014 - Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights

The Summit agreed on the need for further collective efforts to pursue sustainable economic growth, while ensuring social cohesion and quality employment.

EU flag in front of Commission building © EU
19/03/2014 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The new MFA programme, expected to be approved by the EU's Council of Ministers in the coming weeks, is part of the package of support to Ukraine announced by the European Commission on 5 March and endorsed by the European Council on 6 March.

EU flag and crowd of people in the background
19/03/2014 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

Organisers of the Right2Water ECI called on the Commission to ensure that all EU citizens enjoy the right to water and  sanitation, to exclude water supply and management of water resources from internal market rules and liberalisation, and to increase its efforts to achieve universal access to water and sanitation around the world.

Viviane Reding © EU
17/03/2014 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Following the first edition in 2013, the 2014 European Justice Scoreboard will continue to assist Member States and the EU in achieving more effective justice systems, and hence contribute to fostering economic growth in the Union.

Pen on graph © EU
17/03/2014 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

Euro area annual inflation was 0.7% in February 20142, down from 0.8% in January. A year earlier the rate was 1.8%. Monthly inflation was 0.3% in February 2014.

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU
14/03/2014 - Institutional affairs

The crisis in Ukraine and an update of EU data protection legislation were two of the main topics during the March plenary session in Strasbourg. MEPs also concluded the assessment of the Troika's work during the financial crisis and adopted tougher rules to fight money laundering.

13/03/2014 - Economy and the euro

The nine RTS adopted today define the ways in which competent authorities and market participants must, inter alia, handle disclosures linked to securitisation instruments, measure potential losses from derivative positions and counterparty failure.

MEPs in plenary meeting room in Strasbourg © EU
13/03/2014 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Russia must immediately withdraw all its military forces from Ukrainian territory, say MEPs in a resolution.

Mobile phones on display © EU
13/03/2014 - Research and innovation

A common charger should be developed for all mobile phones sold in the EU, to reduce waste, costs and hassle for users, said MEPs voting on an update to EU radio equipment laws.

12/03/2014 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

Holidaymakers putting together their own package holidays from travel services sold on the internet or elsewhere need extra protection, as they are unlikely to get the same all-in cover as those buying from traditional travel agents, say MEPs.

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