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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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Victims of organ trafficking

9/7/2018
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How would you feel about being forced into donating an organ, such as a kidney or lung, your liver, heart, or pancreas? Did you know that every day somewhere in the world, a person is lured into the illicit organ trade? The World Health Organization estimates that about 10 000 organs are sold on the black market each year, some of which come from trafficked persons. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:16

Aid workers

9/7/2018
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EU development policy seeks to foster the sustainable development of developing countries, with the primary aim of eradicating poverty. Providing over 50 % of all global development aid, the EU and its member countries are collectively the world's leading donor. For example, development assistance provided by the EU and its members totalled €75.5 billion in 2016. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:12

Fashion shoppers

9/7/2018
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Do you love shopping for clothes? Even if you are a dedicated follower of fashion, you may not be aware of the impact that EU laws have on the fashion items you buy. The textile and clothing sector plays an important role in European manufacturing, and EU laws ensure the quality standards of products sold on the European market. EU law means that something labelled as pure silk is not a cheap copy, and puts rules place on footwear manufacture, helping to protect your interests as a consumer...

Duration:00:01:14

Home owners

9/7/2018
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As a citizen of the European Union, you have the right not only to live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU, but also to buy property. Two-thirds of Europeans own their own home; some of them are still paying back a loan or mortgage, while others own their home entirely. Those who have finished paying their mortgage spend less on housing, so it is quite understandable to want to buy your own home, not only to live in but also as a means of saving money. Source: © European Union...

Duration:00:01:13

Young taxpayers

9/7/2018
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If you are just starting out in your working life, taxes can seem a bit scary, but they are the price of a modern and fair society. Learning about the basic principles of a modern tax system can prove very useful. Taxes pay for healthcare, education, infrastructure like roads and bridges, and much more. To achieve a more equal and inclusive society in the EU, all citizens need to make a fair contribution. It is important, therefore, to understand why we pay taxes and know how to pay...

Duration:00:01:06

Small and home producers of alcohol

9/7/2018
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Home-made alcohol is a much cherished tradition in many parts of Europe. Beers, wines or spirits produced in small quantities come with a local flavour and preserve precious artisanal traditions, providing consumers with an alternative to industrial production. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:11

Phone and internet users

6/29/2018
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Almost all of us use telecom services: about 82 % of EU citizens have used the internet in the last 3 months, 360 million Europeans use it every day and there are around 700 million SIM cards currently in circulation in the EU. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:11

Cooks and foodies

6/29/2018
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As a cook or a 'foodie', you value products that are delicious, authentic and safe. Europeans enjoy a wide choice of top quality products, ranging from Greek olive oil, Spanish ham and Belgian chocolate, to Swedish herring. Thanks to the freedom of trading within the internal market, all of these products can be sold anywhere in the EU. You can be sure that the food is safe to eat because of EU food safety rules, strict limits for pesticide residues and mandatory information about...

Duration:00:01:19

Air transport passengers

6/29/2018
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Do you enjoy travelling by plane, visiting new destinations, friends and family, even for short periods? Whether you like city trips in Europe or going to the other side of the globe, travelling by air has become much more affordable and accessible over the last 25 years, largely owing to EU action in the field of civil aviation. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:10

Fathers

6/29/2018
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When fathers take leave to look after their children, the whole family benefits. Research shows there is a link between the amount of days' leave fathers take and their satisfaction with their relationship with their child. Increasing fathers' uptake of child-related leave is also considered beneficial for children's development and gender equality. Fathers' involvement in childcare also affects women's decisions to have children. Despite this, fathers took only 2 % of the leave available...

Duration:00:01:13

Mothers

6/29/2018
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Despite progress on gender equality, mothers are generally still the primary carers in the family. If they have young children, they are more likely to be unemployed than women without children, while the opposite is true for men. The EU is committed to gender equality and aims to narrow this gap. It also aims to improve leave provisions for both parents, so that they are better able to combine work and private life. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:13

Undergraduated students

6/8/2018
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If you are studying your first degree or are considering in enrolling for one, you may think about going abroad for a part of those studies. In that case, your university’s international office will have information about the possibility of an Erasmus exchange. As an Erasmus student, you do not have to pay registration or tuition fees to your host university, your studies count for your degree, and you receive an EU grant. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:20

Secondary school students

6/8/2018
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How many years young people spend in school, the subjects they study, the exams they take – all of this varies from country to country, and sometimes even from region to region. In some countries, pupils wear school uniforms while in others, they don't; in some, everyone has the same basic education, while in others, there's a choice between grammar schools and vocational schools. There can be no question of replacing this diversity with a standardised European school system – after all,...

Duration:00:01:11

Bird watchers

6/8/2018
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Like many of us, you may derive great pleasure and inspiration from watching wild birds and listening to their song. Birds are also an essential element of our ecosystems, which provide us with clean water, pure air, food, medicines and important raw materials. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:11

Bathers

6/8/2018
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Europe's bathing water is much cleaner today than previously. Europeans can now swim in increasingly cleaner coastal and inland bathing areas, thanks to EU laws and national water policies that protect our health and the environment. In 1975, environmental and health concerns led to the first EU legislation on bathing water. It set out minimum quality standards for clean bathing water across Europe and was revised in 2006 to introduce quality management and simplify controls. Source: ©...

Duration:00:00:59

People affected by forest fires

6/8/2018
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Forest fires devastate thousands of hectares of forest every year in Europe, affecting the population of countries at greatest risk of forest fires, such as Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Croatia. In 2017, fires destroyed a forested area of Europe four times the size of Luxembourg. In Portugal alone, more than 100 people were killed in summer 2017. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:20

Young people not in education, employment or training

6/8/2018
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Many Europeans aged between 15 and 24 years are likely to have experienced difficulties in finding a job and becoming independent, largely due to the 2008 economic and financial crisis. In 2015, 12 % of young Europeans (6.6 million individuals) were not in work, education or training – a social phenomenon known as the NEETs (young people who are 'not in education, employment or training'). Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:13

Early school leavers

5/25/2018
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Did you leave school early? Or do you know someone who might? Leaving school without qualifications may seem a personal choice, yet around 6.4 million young people in Europe are in the same situation. School can seem too difficult or irrelevant and other problems may make walking out seem like the thing to do. Yet young people who leave school early are less likely to find a job, will probably earn less, might miss out on some benefits of technology, and can have more health problems later...

Duration:00:01:18

Surfers

5/25/2018
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The EU makes it easier for you to enjoy riding the waves in several ways. Most importantly, you can enjoy improved water quality at many EU surfing spots, thanks to EU rules that protect the environment, including against sewage and industrial waste. This reduces your chances of getting sick. The EU also publishes information on bathing water quality online, so that you can easily check the water quality at your favourite surfing spots. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:24

Rail passengers

5/25/2018
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Considerable growth in passenger transport in the EU and a wider choice of transport operators has led the EU to consider that passengers should benefit from the same standards of treatment, regardless of how and where they travel. It has therefore adopted a common set of 10 basic rights for rail, air, road and waterborne passengers, to provide them with information and assistance and forbid discrimination. Source: © European Union - EP

Duration:00:01:20