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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.

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.

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. 

Christine Lagarde, Pierre Moscovici and Jeroen Dijsselbloem © EU
16/06/2017 - Economy and the euro

The Eurogroup finalised its discussion on the ongoing second review of Greece's macroeconomic adjustment programme financed by the European Stability Mechanism. 

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.

View of meeting room, Luxembourg © EU
13/06/2017 - Economy and the euro

Central counterparties (CCPs) from the EU are already well regulated and equipped to deal with financial distress, thanks to a raft of measures adopted in the wake of the financial crisis. However, further reforms to ensure a more consistent and robust supervision of CCPs in EU and non-EU countries are now needed to deal with emerging challenges.

Valdis Dombrovskis & Jyrki Katainen © EU
08/06/2017 - Economy and the euro

Today the Commission is taking further steps to drive forward the Capital Markets Union (CMU), a pivotal project of the Juncker Commission to boost jobs and growth in Europe. 

Günther Oettinger © EU
30/05/2017 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The Commission today proposed a draft budget for 2018 of €161 billion in commitments to stimulate the creation of more jobs, especially for young people, and to boost growth and strategic investments.

Valdis Dombrovskis and Edward Scicluna © EU
23/05/2017 - Economy and the euro

The Council agreed on a new system for resolving double taxation disputes between member states. Ministers also discussed a proposal for a common corporate tax base (CCTB) in the EU, aimed at reducing the administrative burden of multinational companies. 

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