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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Katowice, Poland / COP24
  • Press release

Deal on stronger press freedom and free speech protection

The EU has struck a deal on a law that would better protect journalists and human rights defenders against strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPPs. These are increasingly being used to silence people who speak out on public interest issues.

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  • Press release

€145 million to boost to European volunteering activities in 2024

The European Solidarity Corps will get new funding worth €145 million in 2024. Thanks to this money, young people across the EU and beyond will be able to volunteer in projects on social inclusion, the green and digital transitions, democratic participation and health.

The use of Wi-Fi and roaming in train and metro stations, and in public spaces
  • News article

Improved rights for EU travellers

Passenger rights will be reinforced, thanks to new Commission proposals. The updates to existing travel legislation would reaffirm the right of passengers to get refunded within 14 days; give them more clarity on who will reimburse their airline tickets and access to better information.