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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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Federica Mogherini © EU
15/11/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council had a discussion on EU-NATO cooperation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Ministers also adopted conclusions setting out the level of ambition and the way forward on the future development of EU security and defence policy. 

Johannes Hahn © EU
09/11/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission adopted today its annual Enlargement Package. It assesses where the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey stand in implementing key political and economic reforms, and what needs to be done to address the remaining challenges.

Jean-Claude Juncker, Justin Trudeau, Donald Tusk and Robert Fico © EU
30/10/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The EU leaders and Canada met on 30 October in Brussels and signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, also known as CETA.

Federica Mogherini © EU
18/10/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council adopted conclusions on Syria, strongly condemning the attacks by the regime and its allies, notably Russia, in particular the disproportionate and deliberate targeting of civilians, and humanitarian and health care personnel. 

Brassard d’un membre du personnel de l’Agence européenne de garde-frontières et garde-côtes © UE
06/10/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights

Today the European Border and Coast Guard Agency is being officially launched, less than a year after it was first proposed by the Commission.

Mr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Ms Federica Mogherini © EU
05/10/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

On 5 October, the European Union and the government of Afghanistan co-hosted the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. This conference brought together 75 countries and 26 international organisations and agencies. 

27/09/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
Council meeting room © EU
20/09/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The Council held its first discussion on the Commission's mid-term review of the EU's budgetary framework covering the years 2014 to 2020.

Child in a refugee camp © EU
20/09/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

As a new school year gets under way across the Middle East, a major injection of funds from the European Union is boosting efforts to provide learning opportunities and protection to hundreds of thousands of children and youth who have fled the Syria conflict.

Family photo © EU
05/09/2016 - Energy, environment and climate / Enlargement, external relations and trade

G20 leaders met in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September. European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker represented the EU at the summit. The theme of this year's summit was “Towards an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy”. 

19/08/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
Federica Mogherini © EU
18/07/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

In the aftermath of the attack in Nice, ministers discussed the fight against terrorism. EU ministers discussed the latest development in Turkey. The EU condemns the attempted coup in Turkey and reiterates its full support to the legitimate institutions of the country. 

Donald Tusk, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj and Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
16/07/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

At the Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) in Mongolia on 15-16 July, with a reference to the terrorist attack in Nice, leaders reiterated their condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and reaffirmed their commitment to join forces to fight it.

13/07/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
Jean-Claude Juncker, Xi Jinping and Donald Tusk © EU
13/07/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Leaders moved forward the strategic partnership between the EU and China. They provided political guidance for the completion of the comprehensive agreement on investment and signed an energy roadmap. Leaders also agreed to have another round of the human rights dialogue between the EU and China still this year in Brussels. 

Vĕra Jourová © EU
12/07/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation

Today the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. This new framework protects the fundamental rights of anyone in the EU whose personal data is transferred to the United States as well as bringing legal clarity for businesses relying on transatlantic data transfers.

Frontex agent on patrol near Lesbos, Greece © EU
06/07/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Plans to set up an EU border control system, bringing together the EU’s Frontex border agency and national border management authorities, were endorsed by MEPs.

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