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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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European Banking Authority reception © EU
01/08/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The Council has received 27 proposals by the member states, related to 23 cities, to host the EU agencies currently based in the UK. There have been 19 offers to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and 8 for the European Banking Authority (EBA).

Frans Timmermans © EU
26/07/2017 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission substantiates its grave concerns on the planned reform of the judiciary in Poland in a Rule of Law Recommendation addressed to the Polish authorities. 

Vĕra Jourová © EU
25/07/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro

The 2017 edition of the Consumer Conditions Scoreboard shows that more and more EU consumers are shopping online and that their trust in e-commerce has increased, in particular in buying online from other EU countries.

Counterfeit goods seized in Genoa, Italy © EU
20/07/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

New figures released by the European Commission today show that customs authorities detained more than 41 million fake and counterfeit products at the EU's external border in 2016.

Jyrki Katainen, Elżbieta Bieńkowska © EU
19/07/2017 - Security and defence

The European Commission and the High Representative are today reporting on actions taken and next steps to implement the 2016 Joint Framework on countering hybrid threats. 

Jyrki Katainen, Corina Cretu, Arnaldo Abruzzini © EU
18/07/2017 - Economy and the euro / EU regional and urban development

Globalisation has brought enormous benefits to the less-developed economies of the world and many opportunities for Europeans; but while the benefits are widely spread, the costs are often borne unevenly as the Commission's reflection paper on harnessing globalisation highlighted. 

Cows grazing in field © EU
18/07/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council discussed the latest developments in trade and the EU efforts to opening up new world markets and to promoting EU agricultural products. 

Donald Tusk, Petro Poroshenko and Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
13/07/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Meeting in Kyiv on 12-13 July, EU and Ukrainian leaders celebrate the ratification of the association agreement and the recent introduction of visa-free travel to the EU for Ukrainians. 

Pierre Moscovici © EU
13/07/2017 - Culture, education and youth / Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

The European Commission has today put forward new rules to clamp down on the illegal import and trafficking of cultural goods from outside the EU, often linked to terrorist financing and other criminal activity. 

Gerichtshammer © EU
13/07/2017 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.  

Michel Barnier © EU
12/07/2017 - Institutional affairs

The United Kingdom triggered Article 50 on 29 March 2017. What has happened since then on the EU side? 

Valdis Dombrovskis and Toomas Toniste © EU
11/07/2017 - Economy and the euro

The Council approved an action plan to address the problem of non-performing loans (NPLs) in the banking sector. Ministers also adopted conclusions on the Commission's review of the EU's capital markets union action plan. 

G20 Hamburg logo © EU
08/07/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / Security and defence

G20 leaders met in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-8 July. European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker represented the EU at the summit. The theme of this year's summit was 'shaping an interconnected world'. 

Image of Simone Veil displayed in European Parliament © EU
07/07/2017 - Institutional affairs

This week’s plenary session dealt with issues such as Turkey, the first ever EU-Cuba deal and anti-dumping measures. MEPs paid tribute to Simone Veil, a noted French politician and the first president of the directly-elected European Parliament who passed away on 30 June. 

Turkish flag and EU flags in background © EU
06/07/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Turkey’s EU accession talks should be suspended if proposed changes to the constitution go ahead, as these go against EU membership criteria, warned MEPs on Thursday. 

06/07/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

On 6 July EU and Japanese leaders announced a political agreement on the EU-Japan free trade deal and closer political cooperation based on shared values. 

Scientist and equipment in laboratory © EU
05/07/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

MEPs urged the Commission to address the increase in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis cases in the EU and to develop long-term programmes. 

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