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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
23/03/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro

The European Commission is today presenting an Action Plan that sets out ways to provide European consumers with greater choice and better access to financial services across the EU. 

Valdis Dombrovskis et Edward Scicluna © UE
21/03/2017 - Economy and the euro

The Council discussed the implementation of country-specific recommendations under the 'European Semester', focusing on the reform experiences in this area in the member states. 

Valdis Dombrovskis, Marianne Thyssen, Pierre Moscovici © EU
22/02/2017 - Economy and the euro

The European Commission today publishes its annual analysis of the economic and social situation in the Member States, including an assessment of remaining imbalances. 

Valdis Dombrovskis and Edward Scicluna © EU
21/02/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Council agreed its position on rules aimed at closing down 'hybrid mismatches' with the tax systems of third countries. It also set its priorities for the 2018 EU budget, calling for a realistic budget that strikes the right balance between fiscal consolidation and new investments conducive to growth and jobs. 

Christian Cardona, Maltese Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Vera Jourova and Elzbieta Bienkowska, members of the European Commission © EU
20/02/2017 - Economy and the euro

The Council agreed on a general approach to strengthen consumer protection cooperation in the internal market. Effective consumer protection has to respond in particular to the challenges of the digital economy and the development of cross-border retail trade in the EU.

13/02/2017 - Economy and the euro

Having proven resilient to global challenges last year, the European economic recovery is expected to continue this year and next: for the first time in almost a decade, the economies of all EU Member States are expected to grow throughout the entire forecasting period (2016, 2017 and 2018). However, the outlook is surrounded by higher-than-usual uncertainty.

Map of the EU illustrating the EC priority “Investment” © EU
07/02/2017 - Economy and the euro

The Investment Plan for Europe is now expected to trigger more than €168 billion in total investments. This comes just two years after the Plan was launched by the Juncker Commission and represents well over half of the €315 billion target of total investments mobilised that was originally earmarked.

Valdis Dombrovskis and Edward Scicluna © EU
27/01/2017 - Economy and the euro

The Council discussed growth prospects and macroeconomic imbalances under the 'European Semester', the EU's annual policy monitoring process. It adopted conclusions and approved a draft recommendation on the economic policies of the euro area. 

Illustration de l’économie circulaire © UE
26/01/2017 - Economy and the euro / Energy, environment and climate / Consumer affairs and public health

One year after adopting its Circular Economy Package, the Commission today reports on the delivery and progress of key initiatives of its 2015 Action Plan.

EU map with illustration of services © EU
10/01/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health

Today the Commission is presenting an ambitious and balanced package of measures that will make it easier for companies and professionals to provide services to a potential customer base of 500 million people in the EU. 

Customs checkpoint on Finland-Russia border © EU
21/12/2016 - Economy and the euro

The European Commission today adopted its long-term plan to give fresh impetus to the management of the Customs Union, a basic pillar of the European Union which supports and protects the Single Market.

Valdis Dombrovskis and Peter Kazimir © EU
06/12/2016 - Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights

The Council made further progress on preventing corporate tax avoidance, achieving a broad consensus on a draft directive. Ministers also adopted a directive granting access for tax authorities to information held by authorities responsible for the prevention of money laundering.  

Bild über E-Commerce © EU
01/12/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission has unveiled a series of measures to improve the Value Added Tax (VAT) environment for e-commerce businesses in the EU. Our proposals will allow consumers and companies, in particular start-ups and SMEs, to buy and sell goods and services more easily online. 

Ms Elzbieta BIENKOWSKA, Member of the European Commission © EU
29/11/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Research and innovation

The Council adopted conclusions on measures to support early stage researchers and raise the attractiveness of scientific careers. It also agreed on a general approach to ban unjustified geo-blocking within the internal market and assessed the progress made on the single market strategy one year after its launch.

Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
28/11/2016 - Economy and the euro

The European Commission has today proposed new rules to ensure that systemic market infrastructures in the financial system, known as Central Counterparties (CCPs), can be dealt with effectively when things go wrong.

Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
23/11/2016 - Economy and the euro

This proposal builds on existing EU banking rules and aims to complete the post-crisis regulatory agenda by making sure that the regulatory framework addresses any outstanding challenges to financial stability, while ensuring that banks can continue to support the real economy.

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