20/01 11:08 CET
In May, the 28 countries of the EU will vote for a new European parliament. But against the backdrop of an economic crisis, many observers anticipate a record low turnout and a surge in support…
EU Parliament elections: the essentials
- - The European parliamentary elections take place 22-25 May in the 28 countries of the EU. A total of 751 deputies will be elected with a five year mandate
- - The Lisbon Treaty strengthens the European Parliament's role and responsibility. Under the terms of the treaty, the European Parliament elects the President of the Commission, on the basis of a proposal by the European Council, which must take into account the results of the elections
- - EU law grants EU citizens living in a Member State other than their own the right to vote and to stand as candidates in European elections under the same conditions as nationals of that State
06/01 14:02 CET
Right On reporter Anne Devineaux traveled to Paris and Brussels to assess the impact the digital age is having on…
Privacy and data protection
The proposed European regulation aims at:
- - Ensuring that you receive clear and understandable information when your personal data is processed
- - Whenever your consent is required, it will have to be given explicitly before a company can process your personal data
- - Strengthen individuals right to opt out
- The Commission proposals are now be debated by the Council and the European Parliament before they can become law
- The current EU data protection rules date from 1995
23/12 11:11 CET
It is the busiest time of year for businesses and customers: the Christmas rush and then the New Year sales in many countries. But how many of us know our consumer rights, to limit the hassle and expense when the happy shopper turns out to be anything…
Key aspects of new EU Consumer Rights Directive:
- - 14 days to change your mind after a purchase online
- - Refunds must be within 14 days of a withdrawal
- - Refunds will also have to include the costs of delivery
- - Clearer information on who pays cost of returning goods
- - Pre-ticked boxes for options on websites will be banned
- - Traders must disclose total cost of a product or service
- - Measures to tackle hidden charges on websites
- - Information on digital content will have to be clearer
- - Credit card and hotline surcharges will not be allowed
- EU page on The Directive on Consumer Rights
- Shopping in the European Union (EU website)
- Citizens Advice Bureau (UK)
- UK European Consumer Centre
- National Consumer Agency (Ireland)
- European Consumer Centre Ireland
- Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection (DECO)
- Portuguese Directorate-General of Consumers (Ministry of Economics)
09/12 11:16 CET
Bullying among young people is nothing new. But there is now increasing talk of the need to raise awareness about the devastating impact on people’s lives and to find effective methods to tackle bullying and prevent it. Most countries have some kind of…
09/12 11:15 CET
As an increasing number of European countries introduce anti-bullying…
Some key facts about bullying among children:
- - Since 1999 all UK schools are required to have an anti-bullying policy in place
- - In 2003 all but 6 OECD nations had taken anti-bullying initiatives
- - A 2011 survey shows 31% of EU children had direct experience of bullying (EU Kids Online study)
- - One study suggests the rate of bullying is more than 50% in some countries: Lithuania (51%), Estonia (50%), Bulgaria (43%)
- - A Danish study suggests adolescents experiencing bullying has fallen from 25% in 1998 to 6% in 2010
- - About 4% of European children report being bullied online or by mobile (EU Kids Online study)
- The Mary Foundation, Denmark (Free of Bullying programme)
- Save the Children Denmark (Free of Bullying programme)
- The European Anti-Bullying Network
- BeatBullying charity (UK & Europe)
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (UK)
- 8th European Forum on the Rights of the Child
- European Commission page on rights of the child
- Kidscape, anti-bullying charity (UK)
- Tear down those walls! - accessible tourism for all
- Who's celebrating the union of Europe?
- Europe attempts to go local
- Don't get angry, file a claim!
- Size does matter in small claims
- Get prepared for the digital future!
- Do you know your online rights?
- Women want their place in politics
- I want to see a lawyer!
- The tough road to common EU criminal proceedings
- Really? These drugs are legal?
- The highs and lows of new drugs
- Let's hope it's a happy holiday!
- How well do you know your EU package travel rights?
- Roma education, key to integration
- Croatia: hey, but I'm an EU citizen now!
- EU accession and rights: voices from Zagreb
- Leave me in peace!
- UK testing new ways to offer protection from violence
- What about my rights?
- ‘Guardians’ of EU rights also bound by charter
- I'm European but...
- Save me from bureaucracy
- EU reform against red tape avoids thorny issue
- We can't take it anymore
- Men urged to speak out against violence
- Our private lives on the web
- Bonus ITV: Paul Nemitz, European Commission
- Bonus ITV: Richard Allan, Facebook's Director of Policy
- Reporter's afterthought
- The lack of women at the top
- Reporter's afterthought
- Invisible barriers across Europe
- Our fundamental rights exposed
- Bonus ITV: Florian Geyer, Directorate General Justice, European Commission
- Reporter's afterthought
- Diversity and discrimination at work
- Reaching out to Europe's Roma
- Who are the Roma people?
- Bonus: Voices from Bulgaria
- Can I vote if I move abroad?
- When holidays become horror days
- Bonus ITV: The European Consumer Centre Ireland
- Package holiday? No, a dynamic package!
- Spotlight on suspects' rights
- What’s all the fuss over people who get arrested?
- When things go wrong abroad
- Imitations of illicit drugs
- Club drug clinic a first in London
- Bonus: Who's keeping track of new drugs in the EU?
- The complications of international divorce
- Crime victims: the lonely struggle
- Bonus ITV: Help groups welcome efforts to boost support for crime victims
- Making offenders pay for victim support services
- EU to simplify cross-border trade rules
- Has anyone seen my child?
- A new SOS when youngsters vanish
- Missing children images on website error pages
- Breaking the glass ceiling
- Bonus interview: balance and leadership
- Who gets what when I die
- Inheritance and tax: a hornet’s nest
- Give me what you owe me!
- Another option for European debt recovery
- Is the EU small claims system working?
- A life without barriers !
- Bonus ITV: "unlimited abilities"
- Help! My business is collapsing
- Fierce debate over “bankruptcy tourism”
- The human impact of insolvency
- Bad toys banned from Santa's list
- Is it too late to police the web?
- Careful what you click on!
- Privacy versus new information technology
- There's distance between us!
- Concern in Brussels over "disconnect"
- "Citizens need to feel the EU is theirs"
- Rent a car, rent a surprise
- They only see my skin colour
- Hate speech proves difficult to tackle
- Medical hope for sexually mutilated women
- "Our daughters will not be mutilated"
- ‘It makes me furious to know the mutilation continues’
- Don't rip me off!
- Others are deciding for you
- A good day to vote?