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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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Siegfried Muresan and Mart Kivine © EU
18/11/2017 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The Council and the European Parliament reached agreement on an EU budget for 2018 that strongly reflects the EU's main policy priorities. 

Pierre Moscovici © EU
09/11/2017 - Economy and the euro

The euro area economy is on track to grow at its fastest pace in a decade this year, with real GDP growth forecast at 2.2%. This is substantially higher than expected in spring (1.7%). The EU economy as a whole is also set to beat expectations with robust growth of 2.3% this year (up from 1.9% in spring).

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

Ministers discussed improved VAT rules to help facilitate electronic commerce and online businesses. They also discussed proposals aimed at strengthening financial supervision and encouraging capital market integration in Europe. 

Pierre Moscovici and Jeroen Dijsselbloem © EU
06/11/2017 - Economy and the euro

The Eurogroup meeting took place in two formats: the first part was a regular meeting of the euro area ministers, while the second part was a meeting of the ministers of 27 EU member states with the aim of preparing the December Euro Summit. 

Graphic illustration of the Banking Union © EU
11/10/2017 - Economy and the euro

Building on the significant progress already achieved, the Commission is today publishing a Communication that sets out an ambitious yet realistic path to ensure agreement on all the outstanding elements of the Banking Union, based on existing commitments by the Council.

Mr Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Euro and Social Dialogue and Mr Toomas TONISTE, Estonian Minister for Finance © EU
10/10/2017 - Economy and the euro

The Council adopted a directive introducing a new system for resolving double taxation disputes between Member States. The Council also adopted conclusions setting out the EU position on climate change ahead of the next conference of the parties to the UN climate change convention.

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.

Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
20/09/2017 - Economy and the euro

European consumers, investors and businesses will benefit from stronger and more integrated financial markets, thanks to plans by the Commission to reform the EU's supervisory architecture.

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.

Forklift carrying graph showing upwards arrow © EU
09/08/2017 - Economy and the euro

Today, the EU economy is expanding for the fifth year in a row. Unemployment is at its lowest since 2008, banks are stronger, investment is picking up, and public finances are in better shape. 

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.

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. 

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. 

Euro bank-note and coins © EU
05/07/2017 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

To achieve sustainable growth and create jobs in the EU, boosting investment in research, innovation, infrastructure, education and SMEs is key, say MEPs.

'Corina Creţu, Günther Oettinger © EU
28/06/2017 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

Europeans expect their Union to do more. At a time when the EU is doing more than ever before to protect, empower and defend its citizens, resources continue to be stretched at the seams.

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