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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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Passenger ferry in the port of Igoumenitsa, Greece © EU
06/06/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

Today the Commission has adopted a number of legislative proposals to simplify and improve the common rules on safety of ships carrying passengers in EU waters. The update is a response to lessons learnt, including from accidents, and technological developments.

Jyrki Katainen and Elżbieta Bieńkowska © EU
02/06/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission today presented guidance aimed at supporting consumers, businesses and public authorities to engage confidently in the collaborative economy.

Person holding folder with EU flag © EU
01/06/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission presents its vision on how European standard setting should evolve in the light of technological developments, political priorities and global trends.

Karen White, Monika Bickert, Vĕra Jourová, Cornelia Kutterer, and Lie Junius © EU
31/05/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation

The Commission together with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft (“the IT companies”) today unveil a code of conduct that includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of illegal hate speech online in Europe.

25/05/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health
Marianne Thyssen © UE
13/05/2016 - Employment and social rights / Consumer affairs and public health

Cancer is the first cause of work-related deaths in the EU, accounting for 53% of the total and therefore the single biggest health risk to workers in the European Union.

Vera Jourova © EU
25/04/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission published new figures today showing that, in 2015, more than 2,000 dangerous products triggered EU-wide alerts. A key challenge is the increasing share of products bought online from outside the EU.

Logo de la COP21 © UE
22/04/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

On 22 April 2016 the EU and its 28 member states will sign the global Paris climate agreement in a high-level ceremony in New York (United States). The agreement was concluded at the UN climate change conference in December 2015, so called COP21, that took place in Paris. 

Ships and symbol of a compass © EU
05/04/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health / EU regional and urban development / Transport and travel

The money is available under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and divided in calls for proposal focusing on the key areas where the European Union can have the biggest impact: skills, creativity and technology.

Sign showing seaweed used as fertiliser in field © EU
17/03/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health

The Commission presents first deliverable of Circular Economy Package with new rules on organic and waste-based fertilisers in the EU.

Pigs being transported by truck © EU
08/03/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health

Measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or foot and mouth disease, informally agreed by MEPs and the EU Council of Ministers in June 2015, were endorsed by Parliament.

Elephant © EU
26/02/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Action Plan is an ambitious blueprint that mobilises all EU diplomatic, trade and development cooperation tools to crack down on what has become one of the most profitable criminal activities worldwide.

Woman buying online © EU
15/02/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission launched a new platform to help consumers and traders solve online disputes over a purchase made online. The Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) platform offers a single point of entry that allows EU consumers and traders to settle their disputes for both domestic and cross-border online purchases.

Exhaust pipe © EU
12/02/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

The Council gave its green light  to the adoption of the second package of rules to introduce real driving emission (RDE) tests. The new tests are intended to measure more accurately pollutant emissions from cars and other light vehicles.

View assembly line at car factory © EU
27/01/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

The European Commission has tabled legislative proposals to ensure car manufacturers comply strictly with all EU safety, environmental and production requirements.

16/12/2015 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

The Council agreed on a general approach for a new directive to reduce national emissions of certain pollutants. This agreement will serve as a basis to start negotiations with the European Parliament.

COP21 logo © EU
12/12/2015 - Consumer affairs and public health / Enlargement, external relations and trade

On 12 December, the parties reached a new global agreement on climate change. The agreement presents a balanced outcome with an action plan to limit global warming 'well below' 2°C.

Jonathan Hill © EU
10/12/2015 - Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health

For the next three months, the European Commission will be consulting on how to create a stronger European market for consumer financial services. The aim is to find a system that works for consumers across the EU, giving them access to the best financial service deals, with more suitable products, a bigger choice and more competitive prices.

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.

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