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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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Pollution form car exhaust © EU
04/04/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The fact that diesel cars’ nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions are much higher in real driving conditions than in laboratory tests was known to the EU member states and Commission over a decade ago. They should now act swiftly to improve tests and checks on new cars on EU roads, say MEPs.

Man harvesting palm oil © EU
04/04/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

To counter the impact of unsustainable palm oil production, such as deforestation and habitat degradation, particularly in South-East Asia, the EU should introduce a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the EU market and phase out the use of vegetable oils that drive deforestation by 2020, say MEPs. 

Federica Mogherini © EU
04/04/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

Foreign ministers discussed the situation in Syria, ahead of the Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region on 4-5 April 2017. The Council adopted the EU strategy for Syria. 

Vytenis Pavilas Andriukaitis and Phil Hogan © EU
03/04/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council had an exchange of views on the Omnibus regulation, which proposes updates to legislation in several areas, including the common agricultural policy, and is part of the review of the multi-annual financial framework. 

03/04/2017 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
Tim Barrow and Donald Tusk © EU
29/03/2017 - Institutional affairs

Today, the European Council received a letter from the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, notifying the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. 

Margrethe Vestager © EU
29/03/2017 - Business, taxation and competition

The Commission's investigation concluded the merger would have created a de facto monopoly in the markets for clearing fixed income instruments. 

Věra Jourová © EU
28/03/2017 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Ministers were updated on the work carried out at expert level on the regulation on the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders as well as on the directive on countering money laundering by criminal law. 

Vehicles on motorway © EU
28/03/2017 - Statistics / Transport and travel

The 2016 road safety statistics released today by the Commission show a drop of 2% in the number of fatalities recorded across the EU last year.

5 students with books © EU
27/03/2017 - Culture, education and youth

The European Commission presented today an initiative under the Erasmus+ programme which further supports learning and mobility of young Europeans.

Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
23/03/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro

The European Commission is today presenting an Action Plan that sets out ways to provide European consumers with greater choice and better access to financial services across the EU. 

Valdis Dombrovskis et Edward Scicluna © UE
21/03/2017 - Economy and the euro

The Council discussed the implementation of country-specific recommendations under the 'European Semester', focusing on the reform experiences in this area in the member states. 

Gebäude des Europäischen Parlaments in Straßburg © EU
17/03/2017 - Institutional affairs

Modern threats and ancient prejudices dominated Parliament’s March 2017 plenary session. The need to ensure that our food is safe was debated as were the threats and opportunities of melting polar ice. 

Vĕra Jourová © EU
16/03/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health

Today, the European Commission presented its latest report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products. In 2016, the system was more actively used by national authorities, who removed more dangerous products from stores. 

Person eating salad with fork © EU
15/03/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Food, farming and fisheries

Plans to tighten up official food inspections, from farm to fork, were adopted by Parliament. The new rules, already informally agreed by MEPs and the Council, aims to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain.

Police dog discovers drugs in luggage © EU
15/03/2017 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

Building on the findings of the evaluation of the EU Drugs Strategy for 2013-2020 and the Action Plan for 2013-2016, the new Action Plan on Drugs provides a strengthened response to the newly-emerging health and security challenges in the area of illicit drug use and trafficking.

Jean-Claude Juncker, Martin Selmayr, Federica Mogherini © EU
14/03/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have today adopted a Joint Communication proposing a forward- looking EU strategy for Syria. 

Firearms in display cabinet © EU
14/03/2017 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

Tighter controls on blank-firing and inadequately deactivated weapons, like those used in the Paris terror attacks, and an obligation for EU member states to have an appropriate monitoring system in place for the issuance or renewal of licences and to exchange information, are among the updates approved by MEPs to the 1991 firearms directive.

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