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EU roaming charges come down before their end in 2017 01 May 2016, 00:21 CET
Texting or surfing online from another EU Member State (roaming) became cheaper Saturday as new rules on roaming and net neutrality entered into force.

EU railway package on track to boost rail travel in Europe 28 April 2016, 17:09 CET
The European Parliament approved Thursday the first 'technical' part of a comprehensive railway package which aims to make rail travel in Europe more attractive.

EU policy for the Arctic unveiled 28 April 2016, 15:58 CET
The EU set out Wednesday a strategy for integrating policies on the Arctic region, focusing on climate change, environmental protection, sustainable development and international cooperation.

MEPs vote to end manipulation of benchmark interest rates 28 April 2016, 15:58 CET
The European Parliament delivered a boost for financial market stability in the EU Thursday by voting in a new law to ensure robust and transparent benchmark setting.

Big variations in jobless across EU regions 28 April 2016, 12:28 CET
While unemployment rates fell in the majority of EU regions in 2015 compared with the previous year, figures from Eurostat show a huge variation in the levels of unemployment across Europe.

More Europeans age 30-34 complete tertiary education 27 April 2016, 23:57 CET
An increasing number of Europeans aged 30 to 34 complete tertiary education - from 23.6% in 2002 to 38.7% in 2015 - while there are fewer and fewer early leavers from education and training, figures from Eurostat show.

Eurozone needs 'simpler budget rules': Dijsselbloem 27 April 2016, 18:04 CET
"The budget rules for countries in the eurozone need to be simpler, more predictable and easier to explain," said Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem, at an informal meeting of EU finance ministers in Amsterdam Sunday.

70 pct employment for 20-64 yr-olds in EU 27 April 2016, 18:01 CET
The employment rate of the EU population aged 20 to 64 stood at 70.1% in 2015, up compared with 2014 (69.2%), but still slightly below its 2008 peak (70.3%), according to Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.

EU trade mark applications continue upward rise 26 April 2016, 23:00 CET
Applications for European Union trade marks continued their upward rise in 2015, with Germany leading the way from the Member States, and Paris from the regions. Almost 90,000 EU trade mark applications were received from the Member States in 2015.

Chinese toys, clothing top EU's 2015 list of unsafe products 26 April 2016, 16:37 CET
Toys and clothing top the list of dangerous products for which the EU issued Europe-wide alerts last year, with China remaining the number one country of origin for products on the EU's alert system.

EU puts forward new approach for handling refugees 26 April 2016, 16:36 CET
Self-reliance and dignity are the themes of a new approach set out by the European Commission on Tuesday for refugees and displaced people coming to the EU.

EU issues country warnings against illegal fishing 24 April 2016, 00:27 CET
The European Union issued new warnings on illegal fishing to Kiribati, Sierra Leone and Trinidad and Tobago Thursday. At the same time, it lifted its red card against Sri Lanka.

'Historic day for climate action': EU signs Paris climate deal 24 April 2016, 00:23 CET
The EU signed the global Paris climate agreement in a high-level ceremony in New York Friday. The agreement was concluded in December 2015 at the UN climate change conference in Paris.

EU agri-food trade continues to increase 22 April 2016, 11:40 CET
EU agri-food exports in February 2016 were worth EUR 10.2 billion, well above export values in January, and even slightly above exports in February last year, according to the EU's latest monthly statistical report.

EU earmarks EUR 8.7m funding for innovative businesses 21 April 2016, 16:32 CET
189 smaller European businesses are to benefit from a total of EUR 8.7 million of funding under the latest round of Horizon 2020 research funding for SMEs, the European Commission announced Thursday

Google hit by EU anti-trust charges over Android 21 April 2016, 16:14 CET
The European Commission accused Google Wednesday of breaching EU antitrust rules, 'abusing its dominant position' in the Android market by imposing various restrictions on manufacturers and mobile operators.

EU set to open up Europe's passenger railway market 21 April 2016, 16:13 CET
The EU reached provisional agreement on opening up the EU market for domestic passenger rail transport, with the aim of boosting the quality of services and improving the performance of the rail sector.

EU notes sharp decrease in refugees from Turkey 21 April 2016, 12:28 CET
In a report on implementation of the EU's agreement with Turkey on refugees, the European Commission finds that, continued efforts are needed particularly on 'sustained return and resettlement operations'.

EU proposes visa-free travel for Ukraine citizens 21 April 2016, 00:16 CET
The EU is proposing lifting visa requirements for citizens of Ukraine by adding the country to its list of countries whose citizens are able to travel without a visa to the Schengen area.

EU looks to strengthen security cooperation after attacks 21 April 2016, 00:00 CET
The European Commission urged EU Member States to improve security cooperation on Wednesday, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels.

EU okays Worldline acquisition of Equens and PaySquare 20 April 2016, 17:06 CET
The European Commission gave its approval Wednesday, subject to conditions, of the proposed acquisition of Equens and its subsidiary PaySquare by Worldline, under the EU Merger Regulation.

EU public procurement changes come into force 19 April 2016, 19:22 CET
New rules designed to open up the EU's public procurement market to competition and prevent 'buy national' policies by public authorities came into force on Monday.

EU scientists to benefit from 'European cloud' 19 April 2016, 19:10 CET
A new 'European cloud', unveiled by EU Science Commissioner Carlos Moedas, is to give Europe's researchers and scientists a new virtual environment to help them reap the benefits of a revolution in 'big data'.

Commission plans to digitise Europe's industry 19 April 2016, 19:08 CET
The European Commission set out plans Tuesday to help European industry make the most of new digital technologies and to boost investment in the sector.

Mogherini visit boost for EU-Iran cooperation 18 April 2016, 22:27 CET
EU cooperation with Iran was given a boost over the weekend with the visit by EU foreign affairs representative Federica Mogherini to Tehran, where the two sides committed to implementing the action plan agreed in Vienna last year.