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31/03/2011 - Clarifying the Charter of Fundamental Rights for citizens

The Charter of Fundamental Rights is now legally binding on EU Institutions and national authorities when they implement EU law. But how should we enforce these rights? And what do they mean for citizens? Today’s publication of the 2010 annual report on the application of the Charter, the first report of its kind by the Commission, seeks to answer these questions. By clarifying where the Charter applies and where it does not, the Commission hopes to ease citizens' access to justice and to ensure that their fundamental rights are effectively implemented.

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23/03/2011 - Commission reinforces citizens' rights to consular protection abroad

During times of emergencies and crisis, such as in Japan, Libya or Bahrain, EU citizens abroad can ask for consular protection from any EU Member State. When their country is not represented, the EU Member State they turn to has to assist them as if they were its own nationals. This right is a key part of EU citizenship. Citizens should be able to enjoy their rights in full.

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16/03/2011 - The Commission proposes clearer property rights for international couples

The European Commission is proposing EU-wide rules to bring legal clarity to property rights for 16 million international couples. Two separate regulations – one for married couples and one for registered partnerships – will provide citizens with a clear set of rules allowing them to identify which court is competent to deal with their case and which law should apply to their assets.

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08/03/2011 - 100th International Women's Day

International Women's Day, 8 March, is celebrated this year for the 100th time. It started in four European Countries (Austria, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland) and Europe has been at the forefront of promoting gender equality. From workers’ rights to female astronauts – International Women’s Day has marked a century of economic, social, political and cultural achievements of women around the world. Today, the European Commission continues to take concrete actions to further strengthen gender equality.

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01/03/2011 - Vice-President Reding calls for creative self-regulation to get more women on company boards

EU Justice Commissioner Reding met with European business leaders and social partners today to discuss how to get more women into top jobs and whether self-regulation or regulation should be the way to make swift progress. Vice-President Reding calls on all listed companies in Europe to sign a “Women on the Board Pledge for Europe ” by March 2012.

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