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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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Scientist and equipment in laboratory © EU
05/07/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

MEPs urged the Commission to address the increase in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis cases in the EU and to develop long-term programmes. 

Pascal Lamy, Carlos Moedas © EU
03/07/2017 - Research and innovation

Europe must capitalise better on the knowledge it produces, and turn its innovation potential into economic growth. Research and innovation should be prioritised in EU and national budgets, with a doubling of the budget of the successor to Horizon 2020, the current EU research and innovation programme. 

Carlos Moedas and Chris Agius © EU
30/05/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Research and innovation

The Council held a debate on the implementation of the space strategy for Europe and adopted conclusions setting out its priorities. Ministers also agreed on a general approach to reform the system of type-approval and market surveillance for motor vehicles. 

Woman holding mobile phone © EU
06/04/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

The abolition of retail roaming surcharges, now scheduled for 15 June 2017, will enable consumers to call text and use mobile data for the same cost at home and while travelling in another EU country, and transfer data across borders from another EU member state for the same cost as at home.

Woman working in laboratory © EU
28/02/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

On 1 March the newly established European Reference Networks (ERNs) will start their work. ERNs are unique and innovative cross-border cooperation platforms between specialists for the diagnosis and treatment of rare or low prevalence complex diseases.

Symbolic illustration of the EC priority “Digital Single Market” © EU
08/02/2017 - Research and innovation

Europeans will soon be able to fully use their online subscriptions to films, sports events, e-books, video games or music services when travelling within the EU, according to the agreement reached by negotiators of the European Parliament, the Member States and the European Commission.

Une main posée sur un clavier d’ordinateur © UE
10/01/2017 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation

The measures presented today aim to update current rules, extending their scope to all electronic communication providers. They also aim to create new possibilities to process communication data and reinforce trust and security in the Digital Single Market.

14/12/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Energy, environment and climate / Research and innovation
Andrus Ansip © EU
01/12/2016 - Employment and social rights / Research and innovation

The Commission is launching the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, together with Member States, companies, social partners, NGOs and education providers, to help meet the high demand for digital skills in Europe which are essential in today's job market and society. 

Ms Elzbieta BIENKOWSKA, Member of the European Commission © EU
29/11/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Research and innovation

The Council adopted conclusions on measures to support early stage researchers and raise the attractiveness of scientific careers. It also agreed on a general approach to ban unjustified geo-blocking within the internal market and assessed the progress made on the single market strategy one year after its launch.

Galileo-Satellit im Weltall © EU
26/10/2016 - Research and innovation

The European space industry is strong and competitive, creating jobs and business opportunities for entrepreneurs. Today's proposal for a new space policy will foster new services and promote Europe's leadership in space. 

Frau, die sich über biologisch angebaute Pflanzen beugt © EU
18/10/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health / EU regional and urban development / Research and innovation

The Commission has presented a proposal for a Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area - PRIMA. The first partnership of its kind in the Mediterranean basin aims to develop much-needed novel solutions for sustainable water management and food production.

Woman using a mobile phone © EU
21/09/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

As announced by President Juncker in his State of the Union Address, Members of the College today discussed a revised draft of the rules needed to avoid abuses of the end of roaming charges in time for June 2017.

Graph showing European Innovation Scoreboard 2016 country ranking © EU
14/07/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Research and innovation

The main findings are that EU innovation is catching up with Japan and the US, Sweden is once again the innovation leader, and Latvia has become the fastest growing innovator.

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.

Schloss mit Laptop und Hand auf Keyboard © EU
06/07/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation / Security and defence

Firms supplying essential services, e.g. for energy, transport, banking and health, or digital ones, such as search engines and cloud services, will have to improve their ability to withstand cyber-attacks under the first EU-wide rules on cybersecurity, approved by MEPs on Wednesday.

A locked tablet computer © EU
05/07/2016 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation / Security and defence

The Commission today launches a new public-private partnership on cybersecurity that is expected to trigger €1.8 billion of investment by 2020. This is part of a series of new initiatives to better equip Europe against cyber-attacks and to strengthen the competitiveness of its cybersecurity sector.

15/06/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

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