As of today, (15th June 2017) data roaming charges for all travellers in the European Union have been abolished, as part of the wider project to create a Digital Single Market. The European Commission has produced a couple of useful factsheets (see links at bottom of article) on what this entails. However, as this BBC article explains, customers are still liable for extra charges if they exceed their contractually agreed data usage limits.
As the BBC article also points out, once article 50 has been fully implemented, it will be the up to a future UK Government to decide as to whether the UK adopts these pricing restrictions or not.
Travelling in Europe, a leaflet published by the EU, has now been updated for 2017-18. It contains lots of useful, practical information about travelling in the EU and includes a fold-out map of the continent.
The European Investigation Order in criminal matters which came in to force on the 22nd of May will simplify the work of judicial authorities when they request evidence located in another EU country. This new system allows EU countries to obtain evidence in other EU countries, for criminal cases that involve more than one country.
“Criminals and terrorists know no borders. Equipping judicial authorities with the European Investigation Order will help them cooperate effectively to fight organised crime, terrorism, drug trafficking and corruption. It will give judicial authorities access to evidence quickly wherever it is in the EU. I call on all Member States to implement it as quickly as possible to improve our common fight against crime and terrorism. In June we will also discuss with Member States solutions to facilitate the collection and exchange of e-evidence. It is time to fully modernise the tools available to judicial authorities to conduct investigations.”
2018 is to be designated the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Find out more here or have a look at the video below.
“Our cultural heritage is more than the memory of our past; it is the key to our future. A European Year of Cultural Heritage will be an opportunity to raise awareness of the social and economic importance of cultural heritage and to promote European excellence in the sector.”
The EU Prize for Literature (EUPL) recognises outstanding new emerging literary talents across Europe, and aims to highlight the wealth of contemporary European literature while drawing attention to Europe’s unique cultural and linguistic heritage.