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17/11/2010 - Final call to 14 Member States to activate missing children hotline 116 000

In a report adopted today, the European Commission made a final call for the swift activation of the EU-wide 116 000 hotline for missing children. The hotline provides a single number for missing children and their parents to seek help when away from home anywhere in the EU, such as during family holidays. Today's report assesses the situation, proposes common minimum quality requirements for the service and gives the 14 remaining countries in which the hotline does not work yet a last chance to make it operational – or else the Commission will consider legislative measures. "The 116 000 number offers help, support and a potential lifeline," said Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner. "I call on Member States to make every effort to implement the hotline swiftly to put children’s safety and security first".

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15/11/2010 - Creating a barrier-free Europe for 80 million people with disabilities

People with disabilities continue to face barriers in everyday life, from boarding a bus to surfing the internet. For the 80 million Europeans with a disability – one out of six people – accessibility, employment, inclusion and education are key areas. The European Commission today adopted a new strategy to empower people with disabilities so they can enjoy their rights, with actions ranging from EU-wide recognition of national disability cards to a more targeted use of public procurement and state aid rules. The Commission may also propose a European Accessibility Act in 2012 to further the Single Market for accessible products and services.

"To fully participate in our society and economy, people with disabilities need to have easier access to public buildings, public transport and digital services,” said Vice-President Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.

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04/11/2010 - European Commission sets out vision to strengthen EU data protection rules

Controlling your information, having access to your data, being able to modify or delete it – these are essential rights that must be guaranteed in today's digital world. The European Commission today set out a comprehensive strategy on how to strengthen data protection in all policy areas, including law enforcement, while guaranteeing the free circulation of data in the Single Market and reducing red tape for business. Legislative proposals will follow next year. "The protection of personal data is a fundamental right. We need clear and consistent data protection rules," said EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding.

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