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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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13/07/2018 - Employment and social rights

This year's edition confirms the ongoing positive labour market trends as well as an improving social situation. The numbers of people in employment reached new record levels. With almost 238 million people having a job, employment has never been higher in the EU.

31/05/2018 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
29/05/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Employment and social rights

Workers posted temporarily to another EU country must get equal pay for equal work in the same place, under revised rules voted by Parliament. The revised rules, approved by 456 votes to 147, with 49 abstentions, aim to ensure better protection for posted workers and fair competition for companies. 

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30/04/2018 - Employment and social rights

The 2018 Pensions Adequacy Report, published today, analyses how current and future pensions help prevent old-age poverty and maintain the income of men and women for the duration of their retirement.

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24/04/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Employment and social rights

The launch marks the start of 2 years of events and activities aimed at drawing attention to the issue and promoting the best ways of tackling the risks that dangerous substances pose to workers. 

05/04/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Employment and social rights

The Commission proposes to limit workers' exposure to five cancer-causing chemicals, in addition to the 21 substances that have already been limited or proposed to be limited since the beginning of this mandate. Estimates show that today's proposal would improve working conditions for over 1,000,000 EU workers and prevent over 22,000 cases of work-related illness.

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04/04/2018 - Employment and social rights / Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.5% in February 2018, down from 8.6% in January 2018 and from 9.5% in February 2017. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since December 2008. The EU28 unemployment rate was 7.1%.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Biser Petkov, Marianne Thyssen © EU
15/03/2018 - Employment and social rights

The Council discussed the future of social Europe post-2020. Ministers set out their views on how future employment and social policies can be designed to increase social and economic convergence. 

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12/02/2018 - Employment and social rights

Backed by a robust economic growth, employment in the EU continued to rise more strongly than expected in the third quarter of 2017, while unemployment figures declined further according to the latest Quarterly Review on Employment and Social Developments in Europe.

31/01/2018 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
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09/01/2018 - Employment and social rights / Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.7% in November 2017, down from 8.8% in October 2017 and from 9.8% in November 2016. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since January 2009. The EU28 unemployment rate was 7.3% in November 2017, down from 7.4% in October 2017.

Marianne Thyssen © EU
21/12/2017 - Employment and social rights

The Commission's proposal complements and modernises existing obligations to inform each worker of his or her working conditions. 

30/11/2017 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
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20/11/2017 - Employment and social rights / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission has launched the second round of discussions with trade unions and employers' organisations at the EU level, on how to support access to social protection for all people in employment and in self-employment.

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