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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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Mr Donald TUSK, President of the European Council; Mr Narendra MODI, Prime Minister of India; Mr Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the European Commission. © EU
06/10/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

On 6 October 2017, India hosted the 14th EU-India Summit in New Delhi. Leaders discussed foreign and security policy, migration, trade, climate, research and innovation.

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU
06/10/2017 - Institutional affairs

Lack of progress in Brexit talks, Catalonia question, endocrine disruptors and better protection of air passengers’ and workers’ rights were among the points discussed during the European Parliament plenary session.

05/10/2017 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights
Jyrki Katainen, Elzbieta Bienkowska © EU
03/10/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Institutional affairs

To strengthen the Single Market and as part of the continuous effort to stimulate investment in the EU, the Commission has put forward an initiative to carry out procurement more efficiently and in a sustainable manner, while making full use of digital technologies to simplify and accelerate procedures. 

UK and EU flags © EU
03/10/2017 - Institutional affairs

Sufficient progress on the EU’s priority aims, a prerequisite for negotiating any transition period or future relationship between the EU and UK, has not been achieved, MEPs say. 

Frans Timmermans and Matti Maasikas © EU
25/09/2017 - Institutional affairs

The Council began preparations for the October European Council by discussing a provisional agenda. Ministers also discussed the priorities for the Commission’s 2018 Work Programme and closed the excessive deficit procedure for Greece. 

Gebäude des Europäischen Parlaments in Straßburg © EU
15/09/2017 - Institutional affairs

State of the Union debate, free wifi in public spaces, gas supply security and more funding to tackle youth unemployment: check out the plenary overview. 

Frans Timmermans © EU
15/09/2017 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

Increasing democratic legitimacy in the EU through stronger citizen participation is among the Ten Priorities of the Juncker Commission. To continue delivering on this commitment, the European Commission adopted two legislative proposals to revise the European Citizens' Initiative Regulation and the Regulation on European Political Parties and Foundations.

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
13/09/2017 - Institutional affairs

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today delivered his 2017 State of the Union Address, before the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, presenting his priorities for the year ahead and outlining his vision for how the European Union could evolve by 2025. 

Michel Barnier © EU
07/09/2017 - Institutional affairs

Today's paper states that the Good Friday Agreement should continue to be protected and strengthened in all its parts after the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. The continuation of the Common Travel Area, which facilitates the interaction of people in Ireland and the UK, should also be recognised.

European Banking Authority reception © EU
01/08/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The Council has received 27 proposals by the member states, related to 23 cities, to host the EU agencies currently based in the UK. There have been 19 offers to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and 8 for the European Banking Authority (EBA).

Frans Timmermans © EU
26/07/2017 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission substantiates its grave concerns on the planned reform of the judiciary in Poland in a Rule of Law Recommendation addressed to the Polish authorities. 

Gerichtshammer © EU
13/07/2017 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.  

Michel Barnier © EU
12/07/2017 - Institutional affairs

The United Kingdom triggered Article 50 on 29 March 2017. What has happened since then on the EU side? 

G20 Hamburg logo © EU
08/07/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / Security and defence

G20 leaders met in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-8 July. 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 'shaping an interconnected world'. 

Image of Simone Veil displayed in European Parliament © EU
07/07/2017 - Institutional affairs

This week’s plenary session dealt with issues such as Turkey, the first ever EU-Cuba deal and anti-dumping measures. MEPs paid tribute to Simone Veil, a noted French politician and the first president of the directly-elected European Parliament who passed away on 30 June. 

06/07/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

On 6 July EU and Japanese leaders announced a political agreement on the EU-Japan free trade deal and closer political cooperation based on shared values. 

Euro bank-note and coins © EU
05/07/2017 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

To achieve sustainable growth and create jobs in the EU, boosting investment in research, innovation, infrastructure, education and SMEs is key, say MEPs.

General view of college meeting room © EU
04/07/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission has decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative inviting the Commission "to recommend to the Council to repeal the negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and not to conclude the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)" ('Stop TTIP' Initiative). 


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