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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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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.

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.

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