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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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Organic vegetables in basket © EU
19/04/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Food, farming and fisheries

New rules to ensure that only high-quality organic food is sold in the EU and to boost organic production were approved by the European Parliament. 

People walking on shopping street in Tallinn, Estonia © EU
19/04/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

The Commission is publishing a set of best practices to support Member States' efforts to create a more open, integrated and competitive retail sector.

Vĕra Jourová © EU
11/04/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission is proposing a New Deal for Consumers to ensure that all European consumers fully benefit from their rights under Union law.

Two women using laptop © EU
09/04/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

Tomorrow the Commission will bring ministers, representatives of EU countries, industry, academia and civil society representatives together to encourage cooperation in artificial intelligence, blockchain, eHealth and innovation.

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.

Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
28/03/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro

The European Commission is proposing to make cross-border payments in euro cheaper across the entire EU. Under current rules, there is no difference for euro area residents or businesses if they carry out euro transactions in their own country or with another euro area Member State. 

Mariya Gabriel © EU
27/03/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

From 1 April 2018 onwards, Europeans will be able to access the online content that they have subscribed to at home, wherever they are in the EU.

Mariya Gabriel © EU
20/03/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

Today the European Commission launched the WiFi4EU web portal. As of now, municipalities all over Europe are invited to register their details ahead of the first call for projects in mid-May, for the chance to benefit from EU financing to build free public wireless internet hotspots. 

Worker scanning parcel © EU
13/03/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro

Clearer information on the prices of parcel delivery services should help to increase consumer confidence in cross-border shopping and shipping. The new rules approved by the European Parliament are part of the e-commerce package.

Example of dangerous toy © EU
12/03/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission releases its 2017 report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products. The report shows that in 2017, the Rapid Alert System was increasingly used by national authorities with more than 2,000 alerts on dangerous products circulated through the system. 

Person using laptop holding credit card © EU
06/02/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro

Online buyers will have wider and easier cross-border access to products, hotel bookings, car rentals, music festivals or leisure park tickets in the EU. 

Young boy drinking water from tap © EU
01/02/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

Revised European legislation proposed by the European Commission will improve the quality of drinking water and access to it as well as provide better information to citizens. 

Jyrki Katainen, Vytenis Andriukaitis © EU
31/01/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

The Commission has put forward a proposal to boost cooperation amongst EU Member States for assessing health technology. Greater transparency will empower patients, by ensuring their access to information on the added clinical value of new technology that could potentially benefit them. 

Vĕra Jourová © EU
19/01/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

The third evaluation of the Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech carried out by NGOs and public bodies released today shows that IT companies removed on average 70% of illegal hate speech notified to them.

Illustration du commerce électronique © UE
12/01/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

European consumers will be able to reap the full benefits of paying online for goods and services, thanks to new rules that will it make it cheaper, easier and safer to make electronic payments.

Jyrki Katainen and Elżbieta Bieńkowska © EU
19/12/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

The Commission is tabling two legislative proposals to make it easier for companies, especially SMEs, to sell their products across Europe, and to strengthen controls by national authorities and customs officers to prevent unsafe products from being sold to European consumers.

18/12/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights
27/11/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro

The Commission has adopted rules that will make electronic payments in shops and online safer. This will also allow consumers to access more convenient, cost-effective and innovative solutions offered by payment providers.

23/11/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health
Nathalie Loiseau, Matti Maasikas and Halbe Zijlstra © EU
20/11/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Institutional affairs

EU27 ministers selected the new seats for the two EU agencies currently based in the UK which need to be relocated in the context of Brexit. Amsterdam (the Netherlands) was selected as the new location for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Paris (France) for the European Banking Authority (EBA). 

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