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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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Günther Oettinger, Andrus Ansip, Vĕra Jourová © EU
09/12/2015 - Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

Delivering on its Digital Single Market strategy, the Commission today presents two proposals to better protect consumers who shop online across the EU and help businesses expand their online sales.

Frans Timmermans and Jyrki Katainen © EU
02/12/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health

Today the Commission adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy which will boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs.

Euro note on euro coins © EU
24/11/2015 - Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health

Buying insurance will be made easier and safer following Parliament's vote on Tuesday tightening EU rules on the information and advice provided by insurance sales staff.

Cecilia Malmstrom © EU
06/11/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights / Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission published today its proposal for a chapter on trade and sustainable development, including labour and the environment, in the ongoing EU-US trade talks.

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.

Mobile phone on passports, euro notes and map © EU
27/10/2015 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

A complete ban on roaming charges for using mobile phones abroad in the EU will take effect in June 2017 and clear rules on the right to internet access will become law following Parliament's final approval of the new telecoms package.

Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, Miguel Arias Cañete and Hans Bruyninckx © EU
20/10/2015 - Consumer affairs and public health

The European Union is on track towards meeting and overachieving its 2020 target for reducing greenhouse emissions by 20%, according to a report published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

View of air pollution from factory © EU
07/10/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

Proposed EU sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emission limits for medium-sized combustion plants, such as electricity generators or heating systems for domestic, residential or industrial use, were backed by MEPs.

Bee approaching flower © EU
02/10/2015 - Consumer affairs and public health

The mid-term review of EU biodiversity strategy shows progress in many areas, but highlights the need for greater effort by Member States on implementation to halt biodiversity loss by 2020.

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%).

Graphic illustration of horse and cow © EU
08/09/2015 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health

Parliament beefed up the Commission’s initial proposal to ban animal cloning to include the cloning of all farm animals, their descendants and products derived from them, including imports into the EU, in a vote on Tuesday.

Person holding smartphone © EU
30/06/2015 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

In the early hours of 30 June 2015, after 12 hours of negotiation, the Latvian presidency reached a provisional deal with the European Parliament on new rules to end mobile phone roaming fees and safeguard open internet access, also known as net neutrality rules.

Representatives of different professions © EU
19/06/2015 - Employment and social rights / Consumer affairs and public health

The Council agreed the substance of its negotiating stance on two draft regulations aimed at modernising EU rules on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices.

15/06/2015 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

The Council held a policy debate on the proposal for a directive on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants (NEC directive). Its aim is to achieve a significant improvement in air quality in the EU.

Woman working in laboratory © EU
03/06/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

The European Commission today set out the actions it intends to take in response to the 'Stop Vivisection' European Citizens' Initiative (ECI). Whilst, the Commission does share the conviction that animal testing should be phased out in Europe, its approach for achieving that objective differs from the one proposed in this Citizens' Initiative.

Tourists on beach © EU
28/05/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

The new directive will update current EU rules on package holidays by aiming to adapt to travel market developments in order to meet the needs of consumers and businesses in the digital era.

Vĕra Jourová © EU
23/03/2015 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission published new figures today, showing that in 2014, nearly 2500 products, ranging from toys to motor vehicles, were either stopped before they entered the EU or removed from markets because they were dangerous for EU consumers.

Credit card © EU
10/03/2015 - Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health

The fees that banks charge retailers to process shoppers’ payments will be capped, under uniform EU-wide rules, further to a vote in Parliament.

Ms. Marianne THYSSEN, Member of the European Commission; Mr Uldis AUGULIS, Latvian Minister for Welfare © EU
09/03/2015 - Employment and social rights / Consumer affairs and public health

The Council discussed the employment and social policy aspects of the 2015 European Semester exercise. It endorsed key messages on the financing of social protection systems and adopted conclusions on inclusive labour markets.

Green landscape © EU
03/03/2015 - Consumer affairs and public health

A new report shows that Europeans enjoy cleaner air and water, send less waste to landfill and recycle more; while environmental policies drive jobs and growth. 

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