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FRA: Citizens require efficient and accessible protection against data protection violations

FRA: Citizens require efficient and accessible protection against data protection violations

People across the EU have become victims of data protection violations brought on by the widespread use of information and communication technologies by public and private bodies. Web-based activities, direct marketing, and video surveillance account for most data protection violations. The latest report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), ‘Access to data […]

Maternity leave directive: paid paternity leave creates controversy among MEPs

Maternity leave directive: paid paternity leave creates controversy among MEPs

Maternity leave should be extended from 14 to 20 weeks, says MEP Edite Estrela (S&D, PT) in a report, debated by Womens’ Rights Committee MEPs on Tuesday, on proposals to update the EU “maternity leave” directive.

Telecoms package: strengthening consumer rights and competition

A major overhaul of EU telecoms rules, which will strengthen the rights of phone users and internet surfers and boost competition among telecoms firms, is to be put to a final vote in Parliament on 24 November. Source : © European Parliament

Targeted EU policy needed to combat violence against women

Targeted EU policy needed to combat violence against women

A targeted EU policy plan is needed to combat violence against women, said the Women’s Rights Committee on Wednesday. Male violence against women is a structural and widespread problem, linked to unequal distribution of power between the sexes – it is not a question of age, education, income or social position, it stressed, adding that this violence also violates human rights to life, safety, dignity, physical and mental integrity and sexual and reproductive choice and health.