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.
13/05 11:12 CET
What does being a European citizen mean? How many closed doors do we still encounter if we want to have our rights respected in Europe? These are just some of the questions the second European Citizenship Report sets out to answer. Nathalie Stockwell, the European…
Some of your rights as a European citizen:
- - Move and reside freely within the EU
- - Not to be discriminated against on the grounds of your nationality
- - Right to vote and stand as a candidate in municipal and European Parliament elections
- - Right to be assisted by another EU country’s embassy or consulate outside the EU, if your country is not represented
- - Right to petition the European Parliament
- - Organize or support, a citizens' initiative to call for new EU legislation
29/04 10:39 CET
It is one of those things almost guaranteed to make our heads spin: getting bogged down in official bureaucracy and paperwork. Using public documents such as birth certificates can often be at the heart of the problem, as they are essential to prove who we are. And…
29/04 10:34 CET
A new regulation just announced by the European Commission aims to cut back on the red tape and bureaucracy that citizens and businesses face…
Freedom of movement
Some facts on using public documents across European borders:
- - Some 12.6 million Europeans live in an EU nation that is not their own
- - Proof of civil status is needed to work, marry, seek healthcare, etc
- - Papers are also needed to enjoy a right or comply with obligations
- - Citizens complain of the time it takes to get documents recognised
- - Authentification of papers can cost up to 50 euros in some countries
- - Getting one document translated can cost between €30 and €150
15/04 13:33 CET
It is estimated that up to 70 percent of women are the victims of violence at some point in their lives. It is a massive problem that governments are struggling to address, with help organisations calling for better prevention programmes and support services…
15/04 13:30 CET
Help organisations that deal with victims of violence against women say it is crucial that more men speak out against the problem and get…
Violence Against Women
Some key facts:
- - Up to 70% of women suffer violence at some point in their lives
- - In Europe the figure is estimated to be one in every four women
- - Women are more at risk of rape and domestic violence than cancer
- - 2 women a week in England & Wales are killed by a partner (or ex)
- - At least 80,000 women are the victims of rape every year in the UK
- - The annual cost of domestic violence in the UK is about £23 billion
01/04 10:43 CET
There is growing concern about the steady decline in the number of people voting in EU elections. And it raises a fundamental question: just how can the Europe of the future be built without the participation of its citizens? Getting people to exercise their right…
01/04 10:42 CET
Just what is the best day of the week to hold an election, to ensure that as many people as possible turn out to cast a ballot and that the…
Voter turnout at past EU elections
- - In 2009 general turnout across the bloc was 43%
- - Back in 1979 overall turnout was just under 62%
- - Slovakia scored the worst turnout in the 2009 vote
- - Only 19.6% of all eligible Slovakians cast a ballot
- - Belgium's had over 90% turnout at all past EU polls
- - But, like in Luxembourg, voting is compulsory there
- Key facts about European electoral rights
- Vote Watch Europe - analysis of voting in EU elections
- European Parliament Information Offices
- European Parliament Information Offices (Slovakia)
- EurActiv - web portal that examines EU policy (English)
- EurActiv - web portal that examines EU policy (Slovakian)
- Information about the European Parliament
- Don't rip me off!
- "Our daughters will not be mutilated"
- Medical hope for sexually mutilated women
- ‘It makes me furious to know the mutilation continues’
- They only see my skin colour
- Hate speech proves difficult to tackle
- Rent a car, rent a surprise
- There's distance between us!
- Concern in Brussels over "disconnect"
- "Citizens need to feel the EU is theirs"
- Careful what you click on!
- Privacy versus new information technology
- Is it too late to police the web?
- Bad toys banned from Santa's list
- Help! My business is collapsing
- Fierce debate over “bankruptcy tourism”
- The human impact of insolvency
- A life without barriers !
- Bonus ITV: "unlimited abilities"
- 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?