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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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Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
21/09/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission is today launching a new EU agenda to ensure that the digital economy is taxed in a fair and growth-friendly way. The Communication adopted by the Commission sets out the challenges Member States currently face when it comes to acting on this pressing issue and outlines possible solutions to be explored.

Jyrki Katainen, Elzbieta Bienkowska © EU
18/09/2017 - Business, taxation and competition

The renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy brings together all existing and new horizontal and sector-specific initiatives into a comprehensive industrial strategy. 

Woman standing next to train using Wi-Fi network on mobile phone © EU
12/09/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

A financial scheme for local wireless access points in the EU, free of charge and without discriminatory conditions, is on its way.

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).

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.

Margrethe Vestager © EU
27/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.

Cecilia Malmström © EU
26/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

European exporters reported a 10% increase in the number of trade barriers they encountered in 2016 alone. 372 such barriers were in place at the end of last year in over 50 trade destinations across the world. 

Pierre Moscovici © EU
21/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition

The European Commission has today proposed tough new transparency rules for intermediaries - such as tax advisors, accountants, banks and lawyers - who design and promote tax planning schemes for their clients. 

Valdis Dombrovskis and Edward Scicluna © EU
16/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Council agreed its stance on part of a package of proposals aimed at reducing risk in the banking industry. The Council closed excessive deficit procedures for Croatia and Portugal, confirming their deficits have dropped below the EU's 3% of GDP reference value. 

Representation of collaborative economy © EU
15/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The EU should reap the benefits of the “collaborative” or “sharing” economy, while ensuring fair competition, workers’ rights and tax compliance.

Airplane taking off © EU
08/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Transport and travel

The European Commission is today delivering on its ambitious Aviation Strategy for Europe by adopting a series of measures to further support open and connected aviation markets in the European Union and beyond.

Carlos Moedas and Chris Agius © EU
30/05/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Research and innovation

The Council held a debate on the implementation of the space strategy for Europe and adopted conclusions setting out its priorities. Ministers also agreed on a general approach to reform the system of type-approval and market surveillance for motor vehicles. 

Margrethe Vestager © EU
17/05/2017 - Business, taxation and competition

The European Commission has approved new state aid rules that exempt certain public support measures for ports, airports, culture and the outermost regions from prior Commission scrutiny. 

Cecilia Malmström and Christian Cardona © EU
11/05/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed the new anti-dumping methodology and all ministers confirmed their support for the Council's negotiating mandate agreed on 3 May by EU Ambassadors. 

Andrus Ansip © UE
10/05/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Justice and citizens’ rights

Having reached the middle of its mandate, the European Commission published today the mid-term review of its Digital Single Market strategy. It takes stock of the progress made, calls on co-legislators to swiftly act on all proposals already presented, and outlines further actions on online platforms, data economy and cybersecurity.

Map of EU with illustration of cross-border business © EU
02/05/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

Today's package of measures will make it easier for people and companies to manage their paperwork online in their home country or when working, living or doing business in another EU country and it will help ensure that commonly agreed EU rules are respected.

Margrethe Vestager © EU
29/03/2017 - Business, taxation and competition

The Commission's investigation concluded the merger would have created a de facto monopoly in the markets for clearing fixed income instruments. 

Brokers at Frankfurt stock exchange © EU
14/03/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Justice and citizens’ rights

New tools to sharpen big EU firms’ focus on their long-run performance, by fostering their shareholders’ commitment to it, were approved by Parliament. They will include giving shareholders a say on directors’ pay and making it easier for firms to identify their shareholders.

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