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Right On meets citizens across Europe who are fighting for their rights. The spotlight falls on a range of subjects, from the respect of basic freedoms to the protection of consumers, with experts also providing valuable insights.

    EU Parliament elections: the essentials

  • Putting the voter in driving seat on the road to Brussels
    20/01 11:08 CET

    Putting the voter in driving seat on the road to Brussels

    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…

  • - 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

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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

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    Consumer rights

  • Stay a happy shopper
    23/12 11:11 CET

    Stay a happy shopper

    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

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    Child bullying

  • Hey! ... Stop the bullying!
    09/12 11:16 CET

    Hey! ... Stop the bullying!

    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…

  • Growing debate over best way to tackle child bullying
    09/12 11:15 CET

    Growing debate over best way to tackle child bullying

    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)

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Previous editions

  1. Tear down those walls! - accessible tourism for all
  2. Who's celebrating the union of Europe?
  3. Europe attempts to go local
  4. Don't get angry, file a claim!
  5. Size does matter in small claims
  6. Get prepared for the digital future!
  7. Do you know your online rights?
  8. Women want their place in politics
  9. I want to see a lawyer!
  10. The tough road to common EU criminal proceedings
  11. Really? These drugs are legal?
  12. The highs and lows of new drugs
  13. Let's hope it's a happy holiday!
  14. How well do you know your EU package travel rights?
  15. Roma education, key to integration
  16. Croatia: hey, but I'm an EU citizen now!
  17. EU accession and rights: voices from Zagreb
  18. Leave me in peace!
  19. UK testing new ways to offer protection from violence
  20. What about my rights?
  21. ‘Guardians’ of EU rights also bound by charter
  22. I'm European but...
  23. Save me from bureaucracy
  24. EU reform against red tape avoids thorny issue
  25. We can't take it anymore
  26. Men urged to speak out against violence
  27. Our private lives on the web
  28. Bonus ITV: Paul Nemitz, European Commission
  29. Bonus ITV: Richard Allan, Facebook's Director of Policy
  30. Reporter's afterthought
  31. The lack of women at the top
  32. Reporter's afterthought
  33. Invisible barriers across Europe
  34. Our fundamental rights exposed
  35. Bonus ITV: Florian Geyer, Directorate General Justice, European Commission
  36. Reporter's afterthought
  37. Diversity and discrimination at work
  38. Reaching out to Europe's Roma
  39. Who are the Roma people?
  40. Bonus: Voices from Bulgaria
  41. Can I vote if I move abroad?
  42. When holidays become horror days
  43. Bonus ITV: The European Consumer Centre Ireland
  44. Package holiday? No, a dynamic package!
  45. Spotlight on suspects' rights
  46. What’s all the fuss over people who get arrested?
  47. When things go wrong abroad
  48. Imitations of illicit drugs
  49. Club drug clinic a first in London
  50. Bonus: Who's keeping track of new drugs in the EU?
  51. The complications of international divorce
  52. Crime victims: the lonely struggle
  53. Bonus ITV: Help groups welcome efforts to boost support for crime victims
  54. Making offenders pay for victim support services
  55. EU to simplify cross-border trade rules
  56. Has anyone seen my child?
  57. A new SOS when youngsters vanish
  58. Missing children images on website error pages
  59. Breaking the glass ceiling
  60. Bonus interview: balance and leadership
  61. Who gets what when I die
  62. Inheritance and tax: a hornet’s nest
  63. Give me what you owe me!
  64. Another option for European debt recovery
  65. Is the EU small claims system working?
  66. A life without barriers !
  67. Bonus ITV: "unlimited abilities"
  68. Help! My business is collapsing
  69. Fierce debate over “bankruptcy tourism”
  70. The human impact of insolvency
  71. Bad toys banned from Santa's list
  72. Is it too late to police the web?
  73. Careful what you click on!
  74. Privacy versus new information technology
  75. There's distance between us!
  76. Concern in Brussels over "disconnect"
  77. "Citizens need to feel the EU is theirs"
  78. Rent a car, rent a surprise
  79. They only see my skin colour
  80. Hate speech proves difficult to tackle
  81. Medical hope for sexually mutilated women
  82. "Our daughters will not be mutilated"
  83. ‘It makes me furious to know the mutilation continues’
  84. Don't rip me off!
  85. Others are deciding for you
  86. A good day to vote?