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Swimming safely in European waters

Everyone enjoys a refreshing summer swim. The European Parliament believes in keeping Europe’s bathing waters clean. This is why the water quality of swimming sites is tested regularly so everyone knows the safest bathing sites in Europe. [...]

European Health Insurance Card: keeping you safe abroad

Maybe it’s a ski trip gone wrong or slipping at the swimming pool – everyone has a travel horror story. When travelling in Europe, the European Parliament wants you to have access to the health care you need with the European Health [...]

Effort sharing: driving Europe’s ambitious climate goals

The European Union has set ambitious targets in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. European lawmakers are poring through the EU’s largest climate tool, the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR). This law covers some 60% of the EU’s greenhouse [...]

Digital Europe: On the cusp of 5G

The EU wants to be a truly digital economy and be at the forefront of transitioning into a gigabit society by 2025, where 5G technology is the norm. Parliament is looking through an action plan to roll out 5G across the bloc.

End of roaming

Why should it cost extra to call friends and family from another EU country? As of June 2017, roaming surcharges are abolished in Europe. The European Parliament has fought for this ban by consistently capping charges since 2007. Now you can [...]

EU Blue Card: filling the skills gap

EU Member States are facing employment shortages in a number of key sectors: Europe could need up to 756,000 skilled ICT workers and around a million healthcare professionals by 2020. A revised EU Blue Card aims to attract the world’s [...]

Planned obsolescence: Why things don’t last

In the fight against planned obsolescence, the European Parliament wants to set minimum resistance criteria for products and better inform consumers about their durability. The aim is to encourage repair and reduce waste. The good news ? 77% [...]

EU-Cuba: a new start

The European Union is normalising its relationship with Cuba with the first-ever bilateral deal. The objective is to launch a political dialogue and to facilitate trade and cooperation.

Honouring Simone Veil: a woman of many firsts

Simone Veil, former president of the European Parliament, has sadly passed away on 30 June. Learn how she greatly contributed to European integration.

Panama Papers: finance ministers in the hot seat

Several EU finance ministers faced questions by a Parliamentary inquiry committee set up to investigate the revelations of the so-called Panama Papers – a trove of 11.5 million leaked documents from the world’s fourth biggest offshore [...]