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EU Political Update

Talking Tech Highlights: September 12-16th

27 April 2017

A weekly review of political developments in the European Union

Previous Week's New Developments

Digital Single Market: President Juncker instructs the European Commission's services to prepare a new proposal on roaming charges and the fair use policy

On 5 September 2016, The European Commission presented a draft implementing act in relation to the possibility for an operator to apply a fair use policy to prevent abusive usage of roaming services at domestic price. As a pre-condition to abolishing roaming charges, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union had requested the European Commission to define the measures to prevent roaming services from being used for other reasons than periodic travelling, the so-called 'fair use policy'.

On 9 September 2016, after receiving initial feedback, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, instructed the services of the European Commission to withdraw the draft and to prepare a new proposal.

In October 2015, the European Parliament voted in favour to end roaming charges when travelling in the EU by June 2017. Since April 2016, roaming has become much cheaper: operators may only charge a small additional amount to domestic prices up to € 0.05 per minute of call made, and up to € 0.0114 per minute of call received, € 0.02 per SMS sent, and € 0.05 per MB of data (excl. VAT).

A new proposal regarding the fair use policy is due to be presented in the coming months.

This week in the Institutions 
European Commission

11-16 September

The Commission will organise the International conference on nuclear data for science and technology.

12 - 13 September

The Commission will organise the first Summit of the Blue Economy Business and Science Forum to discuss and propose solutions on: how to boost the European competitiveness in marine and maritime technologies; how to increase cooperation between science and industrial sectors; and how to fully demonstrate the value of innovative technologies, scale them up and bring them to the market.

13 - 14 September

The Commission will organise a workshop on Cross-cutting Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) for health.

14 September

The Commission will host the Horizon 2020 information day on 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency & raw materials'.

16 September

Vice-President Ansip will be in Copenhagen to give a keynote speech at a conference on the EU's Digital Single Market. He will participate in a roundtable on the Digital Single Market at the Confederation of Danish Industry and will also participate in a high level event on Intellectual Property and the Digital Single Market at the Danish Film Institute.

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