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Young woman using mobile from next to a train © EU
15/06/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

As of today roaming charges in the European Union will no longer apply. “The European Union is about bringing people together and making their lives easier. The end of roaming charges is a true European success story.” 

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. 

Alexis Goosdeel, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Laura d'Arrigo © EU
06/06/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Trends and Developments report presents a top-level overview of the drug phenomenon in Europe, covering drug supply, use and public health problems as well as drug policy and responses. 

Person watching television © EU
18/05/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

Parliament approved new rules allowing EU citizens to access online subscription content while abroad. EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV will soon be able to access their content while temporarily in another EU country.

Woman holding mobile phone © EU
06/04/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

The abolition of retail roaming surcharges, now scheduled for 15 June 2017, will enable consumers to call text and use mobile data for the same cost at home and while travelling in another EU country, and transfer data across borders from another EU member state for the same cost as at home.

Man working on prosthetic limb © EU
05/04/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health

Stricter rules to ensure that medical devices such as breast or hip implants are traceable and comply with EU patient safety requirements were backed by MEPs. MEPs also approved laws to tighten up information and ethical requirements for diagnostic medical devices, e.g. for pregnancy or DNA testing.

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.

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. 

Vĕra Jourová © EU
16/03/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health

Today, the European Commission presented its latest report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products. In 2016, the system was more actively used by national authorities, who removed more dangerous products from stores. 

Person eating salad with fork © EU
15/03/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Food, farming and fisheries

Plans to tighten up official food inspections, from farm to fork, were adopted by Parliament. The new rules, already informally agreed by MEPs and the Council, aims to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain.

Woman working in laboratory © EU
28/02/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

On 1 March the newly established European Reference Networks (ERNs) will start their work. ERNs are unique and innovative cross-border cooperation platforms between specialists for the diagnosis and treatment of rare or low prevalence complex diseases.

The EU emblem made out of leaves on a lake © EU
06/02/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health

Today the Commission adopted the Environmental Implementation Review, a new tool to improve implementation of European environmental policy and commonly agreed rules. The Commission will address with Member States the causes of implementation gaps and find solutions before problems become urgent.

03/02/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel
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. 

10/01/2017 - Employment and social rights / Consumer affairs and public health
Fumes from car exhaust © EU
23/11/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

Plans for more ambitious national caps on emissions of key pollutants by 2030, including NOx, particulates and sulphur dioxide, won the support of MEPs.

Plants in dry soil © EU
22/11/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Enlargement, external relations and trade

Today, the European Commission is setting out a strategic approach for achieving sustainable development in Europe and around the world.

Karmenu Vella © EU
10/11/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health

The global ocean economy is estimated at €1.3 trillion. Climate change, poverty and food security are some of the global challenges that can be effectively addressed, if oceans are better protected and sustainably managed.

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