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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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Miguel Arias Canete, Siim Kiisler © EU
13/10/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

The Council agreed its negotiating positions on the effort-sharing regulation and the regulation on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). The Council adopted conclusions on the Paris Agreement and in preparation for the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23). 

05/10/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Food, farming and fisheries
Gas interconnector © EU
12/09/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

An EU country facing an urgent gas shortage can trigger cross-border assistance from its neighbours, under new cooperation rules approved by Parliament.

Dämpfe aus Autoabgasen © EU
31/08/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

As of 1 September 2017, new car models will have to pass new and more reliable emissions tests in real driving conditions ("Real Driving Emissions" – RDE) as well as an improved laboratory test ("World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure" – WLTP) before they can be driven on European roads.

Miguel Arias Canete and Joe Mizzi © EU
26/06/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The Council adopted, without debate, a regulation on Energy efficiency labelling which allows customers to be more aware of the energy efficiency and energy consumption of household appliances. 

Logo de la COP21 © UE
14/06/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

Plans for new compulsory greenhouse gas cuts under the Paris agreement were backed by MEPs, following a debate on the announced U.S. withdrawal. 

European energy labels on washing machines © EU
13/06/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

MEPs gave the green light for a tool enabling customers to choose products reducing energy consumption and their energy bills. A new, more robust A to G scale showing the energy efficiency of household appliances to keep pace with technological progress was approved by MEPs. 

View of Council meeting room, Luxembourg © EU
09/06/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The Council agreed on a general approach on a proposal to increase regulatory oversight and price transparency for cross-border parcel delivery services. Ministers also adopted two sets of conclusions: on the priorities for the EU's maritime transport policy up to 2020 and on road safety. 

Maroš Šefčovič, Marianne Thyssen, Violeta Bulc © EU
31/05/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The European Commission is today taking action to modernise European mobility and transport. The aim is to help the sector to remain competitive in a socially fair transition towards clean energy and digitalisation.

A tree © EU
28/04/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Justice and citizens’ rights

Today the European Commission adopted a guidance document on access to justice in environmental matters which clarifies how individuals and associations can challenge decisions, acts and omissions by public authorities related to EU environmental law before national courts.

A landscape © EU
27/04/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

The Plan consists of 15 actions to be carried out by 2019 to rapidly improve the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives, which are the EU's flagship nature policies.

Fishing boats in Malta © EU
19/04/2017 - Economy and the euro / Energy, environment and climate / EU regional and urban development

Today the European Commission launches a new initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean region.

Pollution form car exhaust © EU
04/04/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The fact that diesel cars’ nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions are much higher in real driving conditions than in laboratory tests was known to the EU member states and Commission over a decade ago. They should now act swiftly to improve tests and checks on new cars on EU roads, say MEPs.

Man harvesting palm oil © EU
04/04/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

To counter the impact of unsustainable palm oil production, such as deforestation and habitat degradation, particularly in South-East Asia, the EU should introduce a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the EU market and phase out the use of vegetable oils that drive deforestation by 2020, say MEPs. 

José A Herrera and Miguel Arias Canete © EU
28/02/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

The Council agreed its negotiating position for the review of the emission trading system (ETS). Ministers also discussed how to put the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into practice, focusing in particular on what it means for the EU's environmental policy. 

Miguel Arias Canete and Konrad Mizzi © EU
27/02/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

Ministers gave their first reactions to the Commission's extensive legislative package "Clean Energy for all Europeans". The Council also heard the Commission's presentation of its recent report on the State of the Energy Union.

03/02/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel
Sonnenkollektoren und Windkraftanlagen in EU-Karte © EU
01/02/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

The Second Report on the State of the Energy Union shows that the modernisation of the European Union economy and the transition to a low-carbon era are happening.

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.

From left to right: Mr Miguel ARIAS CANETE, member of the European Commission, Mr Laszlo SOLYMOS, Slovak Minister of the Environment, and Mr Karmenu VELLA, member of the European Commission © EU
19/12/2016 - Energy, environment and climate

Ministers discussed the review of the emission trading system (ETS) and adopted conclusions on the sound management of chemicals.

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