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Want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life? Find out what Europe does for you in our 60 SECONDS podcasts.

Want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life? Find out what Europe does for you in our 60 SECONDS podcasts.
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Want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life? Find out what Europe does for you in our 60 SECONDS podcasts.

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English


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Watersports enthusiasts

12/7/2018
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European rivers, lakes and seas offer plenty of opportunities to practise watersports. Swimming is by far the most popular activity, but you can also dive, surf or sail, or paddle in a canoe or on a stand-up board. None of these activities would be enjoyable without clean water. Thanks to EU rules, the vast majority of sites in the EU boast good or excellent bathing water quality. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:10

Astronomers

12/7/2018
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European astronomers have always been leaders in exploring the final frontier. The EU helps to continue this tradition, regardless of whether astronomers are amateur or professional. In 2017, for example, a Belgian astronomer made international headlines with the discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting another star (Trappist-1 system), and a French astronomer discovered the existence of a ring around a dwarf planet in our own solar system (Haumea). Both discoveries were made possible...

Duration:00:01:24

People living in remote areas

12/7/2018
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If you live in a remote region, you will be aware of the unique challenges that arise from being a long way from urban areas, or possibly from certain geographical or demographic conditions. Despite their differences, islands, mountainous areas and sparsely populated regions are remote areas that share common challenges, including poorer access to a range of job opportunities and to basic services in areas such as transport, education and healthcare. In general, remote regions also...

Duration:00:01:07

Refugees

12/7/2018
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People who flee war and persecution in their own country have a right to apply for protection in another country as refugees. International refugee law obliges countries to provide access to protection and adequate reception conditions that respect applicants' human rights. EU law upholds these principles and aims to ensure that all EU countries not only offer protection, but also have the same understanding as to who qualifies as a refugee. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:24

Cross-border creditors

12/7/2018
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Around 50 % of all consumers shop online, and the number of cross-border transactions in the internal market is growing steadily. However, the individual value of such transactions remains relatively small, with almost half coming under €100. Because the amounts involved are small, not all contracts are properly performed, which sometimes leads to cross-border disputes, most of which do not end up in court. According to estimates, there could be as many as 0.5 million cross-border consumer...

Duration:00:01:05

Travellers carrying cash

12/7/2018
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If you are travelling to or from the EU by air, road, rail or sea with €10 000 or more in cash you must declare it to the customs authorities. This obligation is not designed to make your life difficult but to prevent money laundering, the financing of terrorism and other financial crimes. If you are travelling in a group, the €10 000 limit applies to each person individually. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:19

Young chess players in school

11/9/2018
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The benefits that school pupils can reap from learning chess are numerous and well-documented. Chess can help children to develop essential cognitive skills, such as concentration, memory, logical and critical thinking, and enhance their creativity, through problem solving. Playing chess also teaches planning, determination and sportsmanship – all positive aspects in a child's personal development. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:12

Young people involved in politics

11/9/2018
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Young politicians have recently been elected to the highest positions of power in several EU countries, yet many young people still choose to stay away from politics. If you're a young activist, or simply follow politics, the European Union has taken steps to encourage your participation in political life, in line with the obligation introduced by the Lisbon Treaty. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:11

Supporters of value-driven trade policies

11/9/2018
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If you, like many Europeans, are concerned about the impact of EU trade policies on other parts of the world, the EU addresses your concerns in various ways. First, the EU often includes rules on sustainable development and human rights in its trade agreements. This supports workers' rights and environmental objectives in other countries. The EU is also a member of various important conventions that commit it to international cooperation in this area. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:10

Online shoppers

11/9/2018
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Like many of us, you probably shop online. The use of devices connected to the internet like computers, mobile phones and tablets to buy goods (e.g. clothes and toys), access digital content (movies, e-books), and book services (e.g. hotel booking, car rental) online is increasing. More than 65 % of European internet users shop online, and e commerce is a growing phenomenon especially amongst young people. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:22

Cyclists

11/9/2018
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As a means of transport over short distances, cycling helps reduce congestion and pollution, lessens our dependence on fuels, brings new jobs and improves public health. It also involves some challenges, such as improving cyclists' safety, coordinating mobility planning and securing financing for cycling infrastructure. While in some EU countries, people use their bikes for more than a third of their daily trips, in others this is the case for less than 5 % of journeys. The proportion of...

Duration:00:01:03

Families with mixed nationalities

11/9/2018
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Are you an EU citizen and your spouse or registered partner, dependent child or parent is a non-EU citizen? EU law ensures that your family members can move with you from one EU country to another. Your spouse, children under 21 and some other dependent family members have the right to reside in the same country, irrespective of their nationality. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:12

People from sparsely populated areas

10/19/2018
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People living in sparsely populated areas (e.g. parts of Scandinavia, Spain, Italy, Greece or Croatia) face common challenges, including a limited range of job opportunities, high poverty levels and the dilapidation of public services, such as transport, education and healthcare. These regions often feature specific geographic characteristics: they might be islands, mountainous areas or border regions. Usually, sparsely populated areas are a long way from major urban centres and lack...

Duration:00:01:06

Human rights defenders

10/19/2018
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If you care about human rights and you want the EU to support human rights activists around the world you might be interested to know about the ways the European Union upholds and safeguards human rights standards as part of its external action. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:14

Consumers making cross border payments

10/19/2018
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Whether you are travelling for leisure or business within the European Union, you should be able to make deposits in or withdrawals from a payment account, make payment transactions, or send money home in an easy and secure way. To achieve this goal, the EU has set up the necessary legal framework (the Payment Services Directive, first referred to as PSD 1 (2007/64/EC) now replaced by PSD 2 (EU) 2015/2366), and Regulation (EU) 924/2009 on charges for cross-border payments), and contributed...

Duration:00:01:15

Weight-loss dieters

10/19/2018
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If you are one of the many among us who have already tried all sorts of diets while trying to lose weight, you don't need anyone telling you 'just eat less and exercise more'. As everyone knows, it's much more complicated than that. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:22

People who worry about fake news

10/19/2018
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Do you avoid the news, perhaps because you feel you cannot rely on the news to be true? A March 2018 Eurobarometer poll suggested there is great concern among internet users in Europe about fake news: 85 % of respondents see fake news as a problem in their country and 83 % perceive it as a problem for democracy. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:08

Users of wearable sensors

10/19/2018
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Have you noticed people watching their wrist while doing sport? Perhaps, like an increasing number of people, you enjoy using mobile and wearable devices to track your fitness by measuring your athletic performance, calculate the calories you burn, your sleep, or stress level. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:10

Childs victims of violence

9/28/2018
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Unfortunately, children are still victims of abuse and violence across Europe. Although it is difficult to assess the extent of violence against children and much of it remains hidden, existing estimates give cause for great concern. Violence against children can take various forms (physical, sexual or emotional abuse, or neglect) and can happen in numerous situations (at home or in the family, at school, within institutions responsible for childcare, or within the community). Source: ©...

Duration:00:01:10

Seniors using e-health services

9/28/2018
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Did you know that 30 % of Europeans will be over 65 in 2060? Our population is ageing and the number of people with age-related impairments is expected to reach 84 million already in 2020. To address the challenges posed by an ageing society, the EU promotes E-health solutions based on communication technologies to improve prevention, diagnosis, and patients' treatment. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:23