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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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Jyrki Katainen and Violeta Bulc © EU
05/11/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Transport and travel

The Commission is launching the second call for proposals of the Connecting Europe Facility, with more than €7.6 billion of investment to finance transport projects. €6.5 billion are earmarked for countries with Cohesion Fund eligibility.

Euro notes © EU
29/10/2015 - Economy and the euro

Following a vote in the European Parliament, new EU rules are set to improve the transparency of certain financial transactions and help supervisors and investors better understand risks.

Map of Europe with cable connections © EU
28/10/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health

Today the European Commission has presented a roadmap to deliver on President Juncker’s political commitment to unleash the full potential of the Single Market and make it the launchpad for Europe to thrive in the global economy.

Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
21/10/2015 - Economy and the euro

The package of measures adopted by the College of Commissioners entails a revised approach to the European Semester, including through enhanced democratic dialogue and further improved economic governance, such as the introduction of national Competitiveness Boards and an advisory European Fiscal Board.

Margrethe Vestager © EU
21/10/2015 - Economy and the euro

The European Commission has decided that Luxembourg and the Netherlands have granted selective tax advantages to Fiat Finance and Trade and Starbucks, respectively. These are illegal under EU state aid rules.

Family photo of the European Council © EU
15/10/2015 - Economy and the euro / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

Discussions at the European Council meeting focused on the migration and refugee crisis, the upcoming referendum in the UK, and the president’s report on the Economic and Monetary Union.

Cecilia Malmström © EU
14/10/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

This more responsible approach responds to new economic realities in line with the EU's foreign policy. Based on three key principles - effectiveness, transparency and values - it ensures trade policy benefits as many people as possible.

Illustration du commerce électronique © UE
08/10/2015 - Economy and the euro

Updating EU rules on payment services will cut the cost of paying bills, by enabling new market players to use mobile and online tools to make payments on a client’s behalf, said MEPs voting a law to this end.

Mr Pierre Moscovici and Mr Pierre Gramegna © EU
06/10/2015 - Economy and the euro

The Council reached a political agreement on a draft directive aimed at improving transparency in the assurances given by member states to companies about how their taxes are calculated.

From left to right: Ms Elzbieta BIENKOWSKA and Mr Etienne SCHNEIDER © EU
01/10/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

Ministers discussed urgent micro-economic issues and held a debate as to how to maximise European added-value through making sure that EU regulation contributes to removing barriers to the Single Market.

Jonathan Hill © EU
30/09/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The European Commission is launching the Capital Markets Union Action Plan today to help build a true single market for capital across the 28 EU Member States.

Euro symbol, notes and coins © EU
28/09/2015 - Economy and the euro / Enlargement, external relations and trade

At the High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue in Beijing today, China announced its intention to contribute to the Investment Plan, as well as closer cooperation with the EU on investment issues in general.

E-commerce illustration © EU
21/09/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health

The 2015 edition of the Consumer Scoreboard shows that cross-border e-commerce is still an under-developed market in Europe: 61% of consumers feel more confident buying online from their own country (61%) than from another EU country (38%).

Calculator and 50 euro note © EU
04/09/2015 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

VAT revenue collection has failed to show significant improvement across EU Member States according to the latest figures released by the European Commission today.

View of financial district in Frankfurt © EU
03/09/2015 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.05%, 0.30% and -0.20% respectively.

Person holding folder with EU flag © EU
20/08/2015 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The European Stability Mechanism (ESM), Europe's firewall established in 2012 in response to the global financial crisis, will be able to disburse up to EUR 86 billion in loans over the next three years, provided that Greek authorities implement reforms to address fundamental economic and social challenges, as specified in the MoU.

From left to right: Mr Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Vice President of the European Commission; Mr Jeroen DIJSSELBLOEM, President of the Eurogroup; Mr Klaus REGLING, European Stability Mechanism Managing Director
14/08/2015 - Economy and the euro

On 14 August 2015, the Eurogroup issued a statement welcoming the agreement reached between Greece and the European institutions, with input from the IMF, on the policy conditionality underlying the new European Stability Mechanism(ESM) programme for Greece. 

Valdis Dombrovskis and Corina Cretu © EU
15/07/2015 - Economy and the euro

Two days after an agreement paving the way for a new support programme for Greece, the European Commission revealed plans today to help Greece maximise its use of EU funds.

From left to right: Mr Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Vice President of the European Commission; Mr Pierre GRAMEGNA, Luxembourg Minister of Finance © EU
14/07/2015 - Economy and the euro

The Council issued country-specific recommendations and opinions on the economic, fiscal and employment policies planned by the member states, as well as a specific recommendation on the economic policies of the euro area.

From left to right: Mr Pierre MOSCOVICI, Member of the European Commission; Mr Jeroen DIJSSELBLOEM, President of the Eurogroup; Mr Klaus REGLING, European Stability Mechanism Managing Director © EU
13/07/2015 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

Ministers held a follow-up discussion on the agreement negotiated at the Eurogroup and the Euro Summit over the previous two days following the request by Greece for financial assistance from the European Stability Mechanism, which had been submitted on 9 July 2015.

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