DIGITAL: Council manages to scrape together political agreement in principle on wholesale roaming

Brussels, 02/12/2016 (Agence Europe)Inter-institutional negotiations can now officially begin on what costs to apply to the wholesale roaming markets. Following on from the European Parliament a few days ago, the Council of the EU managed to reach a position, after much deliberation, on the draft regulation on Friday 2 December. 13 delegations think that the caps have been set “too high”.

It should be pointed out that Regulation 2015/2120 aims to get rid of the surcharges invoiced by telephone operators during visits to other member states as from June 2017 (retail roaming). The...

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Commission recycles what exists and proposes bare bones of European defence fund

Brussels, 30/11/2016 (EDD)On Wednesday 30 November, after more than a year of rumination and discussion with member states, the European Commission finally adopted its defence action plan.  The 22-page communication was presented to the press after the meeting of the College by Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica...

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1953 - 2016

On 12 March 1953, the first issue of the daily news bulletin "Europe" was published, and we are therefore celebrating our sixty-third anniversary. This is a ripe old age for a press agency, but is not extraordinary in and of itself: older news agencies exist, some of them much older. What is unusual about us is that we are exactly as old as the first European Community, the forerunner of today's European Union. In July 1952, the Paris Treaty came into force, giving rise to the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), and it was at the beginning of 1953 that the "ECSC levy" started being applied, the first European tax. In February 1953, the coal and steel markets were opened up to the six participating countries. This moment marked the end of prehistory and the beginning of history for the united Europe, and Agence Europe's newsletter took on its role of closely following developments in Europe's history from one day to the next.

Bulletin Quotidien Europe 11681 - 3/12/2016
DIGITAL: Council manages to scrape together political agreement in principle on wholesale roaming
DIGITAL: 14 member states mobilise support for free flow of data
DIGITAL: Member states want to keep control of telecommunications
INTERNAL MARKET: Firearms directive - Ford's doublespeak on inter-institutional talks
FISHERIES: Progress on agreement to prevent unregulated fishing in Arctic
FISHERIES: Fisheries committee to approve deep water text on 5 December
AGRICULTURE: Competition rules must be adopted to agriculture situation, MEPs say
ENVIRONMENT: More to be done to guarantee healthy European water, says EEA
JHA: Europol warns of danger of new Islamic State threats and tactics in Europe
ENERGY: Winter Clean Energy Package, Commission criticised from all sides over biofuel proposals
BANKS: Berès argues for return to logical solidarity to finalise banking Union
ECOFIN: Extension of 'Juncker' investment plan and euro area fiscal stance on ministers' agenda
ECOFIN: Taxation dossiers – Slovak Presidency of Council will have two successes or two failures
TRADE: EU and US working together for green goods agreement
GEORGIA: Mogherini hails progress since Association Agreement came into force
DEVELOPMENT: Universal access to energy, an European Parliament priority for eradicating poverty, particularly in Africa
TUNISIA: EU support solemnly asserted
MEDITERRANEAN: Cañete says energy cooperation is 'major element in Euro-Mediterranean partnership'
SOCIAL: Work on Accessibility Act getting bogged down at Council
GREECE: Unions condemn creditors' demands for Greek labour law reform
AGRICULTURE: Two new geographical indications from Italy and UK
ALGERIA: EuroMed Droits condemns anti-union repression
COLOMBIA: Mogherini welcomes ratification of peace agreement by Colombian Congress
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: EuroHealthNet calls on EU to further embed health and well-being dimension in its policies
SPACE: ESA member states adopt lower budget than expected
POLAND: Council of Europe concern over freedom of assembly
TURKEY: Netherlands in favour of temporary halt in negotiations
Main activities of the European institutions: from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 December
Other events: from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 December