Commission & Transparency International fight corruption

In January 2016 the European Commission launched the second phase of the project ‘Integrity Pacts – Civil Control Mechanism for Safeguarding EU Funds’ in cooperation with Transparency International. The aim of this joint project is to find new innovative ways of preventing corrupt practices in EU-funded projects.  
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Roaming charges over in June 2017

For a decade, the European Commission has been working to reduce the surcharges that telecom operators imposed on their customers each time they crossed used their mobile device abroad. On 1 February 2017 the EU negotiated wholesale prices, taking one step closer towards the end of roaming charges. 
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Erasmus+: Changing lives

        Yet, Erasmus not only proved to improve career prospects, but it also broadens horizons and social links: 40% of former Erasmus students have changed their country of residence or work at least once since graduation, almost double the number of those who were not mobile during studies; 33% have a partner of a different nationality, compared with 13% of those who stay home during their studies. Based on this, the Commission estimated that around one million babies are likely to have been born to Erasmus couples since 1987.
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Learning from Pioneering EU’s Cities and Regions

In 2016 the European Committee of the Regions published a guide “Regional Innovation Ecosystems: Learning from the EU’s Cities and Regions”. From Sintra in Portugal to Mazovia Region in Poland, from Espoo in Finland to Attica in Greece, this publication collects stories about pioneering regions and cities that serve as good practices for bench-learning and understanding regional innovation ecosystems in practice. The book aims to encourage regional decision-makers to increase their collaboration and partnering. 
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