Citizens' rights

  • December 2017

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    Human Rights

    Society - 05.12.2017 11:08

    The European Union was founded on principles of human rights and freedom of expression. That's why the European Parliament supports countries like Tunisia in their ongoing efforts towards democracy. This support comes in the form of legal and political action including the Sakharov Prize and the Sakharov Fellowship. Meet Asma Kaouech, a Tunisian activist and Sakharov fellow, who tells us her story.

  • November 2017

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    Disabilities in the EU: long road to equality

    Society - 29.11.2017 08:00

    To ensure people with disabilities have equal representation and opportunities in society and in the workplace, the European Parliament is looking to further the EU-wide Disability Strategy, tackling issues such as gender equality, poverty and discrimination. MEP Helga Stevens has long been involved in the fight for the rights of people with disabilities. She argues that more can be done for the disabled in terms of representation and inclusiveness.

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    Coming up: The 2018 budget, kebabs and much more

    EU affairs - 24.11.2017 08:00

    Parliament is voting on a number of measures to promote the use of renewable energy throughout the European Union and to implement a wide-ranging disability strategy. Up for discussion are the use of phosphates in kebab meat, and next year’s budget.

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    Strengthening security in the Schengen area

    Security - 13.11.2017 12:00

    European lawmakers want to improve the Schengen Information System (SIS II) to step up police cooperation in the fight against terrorism, cross-border crime and illegal immigration.

  • October 2017

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    Work-related cancer: members update rules

    Society - 24.10.2017 08:00

    Existing rules that limit carcinogens and mutagens in the workplace date back more than 10 years. Parliament wants to better protect workers by updating the rules to include more cancer-causing chemical agents, impose stricter limits on some substances and ensure that exposed workers get life-long medical surveillance.

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    The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

    World - 23.10.2017 13:39

    The respect for human rights is one of the European Union's fundamental values. Any violation of these rights affects the democratic principles upon which our society is founded, The European Parliament fights such violations through legislative action, and by enshrining human rights in its external trade agreements. The European Parliament also supports human rights by awarding the annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the fight for human rights.

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    Reinforcing e-privacy

    EU affairs - 17.10.2017 10:00

    The European Parliament is updating data protection rules to include new forms of communication such as WhatsApp and other instant messengers. The aim is to better protect people's privacy.

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    European Youth Event 2018

    EU affairs - 11.10.2017 09:30

    Want to hang out with 8,000 young people next summer? The European Parliament in Strasbourg is hosting the European Youth Event (EYE) on 1-2 June 2018. Get political and join in debates or kick back at live concerts, theatre shows and other performances. Europe's youth is its future. That's why we want to hear what you have to say.

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  • July 2017

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    Your rights while travelling in Europe

    Economy - 07.07.2017 13:02

    Have you ever experienced a delay or cancellation? Find out more about your EU passenger rights when travelling within Europe. You may be entitled to anything from refreshments to compensation. Passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility enjoy additional rights too.

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    European Health Insurance Card: keeping you safe abroad

    Society - 06.07.2017 15:55

    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 Insurance Card.

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    EU-Cuba: a new start

    World - 04.07.2017 08:44

    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.

  • June 2017

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    The role of women in Europe’s construction

    Society - 27.06.2017 12:54

    Women play a major role in the construction and evolution of Europe. In this video, the European Parliament explores the roles of eight extraordinary women in creating the Europe we know today.

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    Cookies explained

    Society - 07.06.2017 14:58

    Cookies: pieces of stored data that track your online behaviour. New legislation aims to simplify the process: asking you only once whether you accept cookies or not.