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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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Child in a refugee camp © EU
08/02/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Today, the Commission adopted its ninth progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken since 8 December 2016.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy © EU
06/02/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

EU foreign ministers reaffirmed the importance of Libya regaining its stability through an inclusive political settlement under the framework of the Libyan political agreement. The Council also discussed the Middle East peace process and the situation in Ukraine and in Egypt.

Federica Mogherini © EU
16/01/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed developments in Syria, for the first time since an agreement for cessation of hostilities was announced. In their discussion, ministers welcomed the agreement brokered and guaranteed by Russia and Turkey. 

Council meeting room © EU
28/11/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed the revision of the European consensus on development, on the basis of a proposal from the European Commission. This revision will implement the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

Jean-Claude Juncker, Petro Poroshenko and Donald Tusk © EU
24/11/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Leaders' discussions focused on reforms in Ukraine. Since the last summit in 2015 Ukraine has worked on an ambitious reform agenda, with strong EU support. 

Turkish flag © EU
24/11/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

MEPs want a temporary freeze on EU accession talks with Turkey. In a resolution they say Turkey should nonetheless remain “anchored” to the EU. They also pledge to review their position when the "disproportionate repressive measures" under the state of emergency in Turkey are lifted. 

Plants in dry soil © EU
22/11/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Enlargement, external relations and trade

Today, the European Commission is setting out a strategic approach for achieving sustainable development in Europe and around the world.

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”. 

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