Citizens' rights

  • February 2018

  • January 2018

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    What do I get from the EU?

    Society - 31.01.2018 16:01

    I get safer food and products. I get cleaner air and water. I get the ability to live and work wherever I want. I get to call home at domestic prices no matter where I am in the EU. I get to pay using one currency in 19 different countries. These are just some of the things I get from the EU.

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    What is the European Parliament?

    Society - 31.01.2018 16:00

    The European Parliament is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union. It is 751 members, from 28 EU countries, in 8 political groups, representing 510 million people.

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    What has the EU ever done for me?

    Society - 31.01.2018 15:58

    What does the EU do for us? It makes sure our food and products are safe. It connects Europe with safe infrastructure that makes travel cheaper and easier. The single market gives job opportunities to millions of EU citizens. And calling home from any EU country is now cheaper than ever. Not bad, right?

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    EU Safety Rules

    Society - 23.01.2018 17:47

    European citizens need to have access to safe food, medicine, toys and online content. European Union's safety policy ranges from clear, concise labelling and safety instructions to protection from harmful online content.

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    Free Movement of Workers

    Society - 09.01.2018 13:55

    Freedom of movement, one of the EU’s founding principles, gives people the right to live and work anywhere in the EU.

  • 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.