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MY RIGHTS. MY LIFE.

Live in a democratic society that guarantees equality and protects my human rights and freedoms.

UNITED IN DIVERSITY

UNITED IN DIVERSITY

We’re all different – it’s what makes life interesting. Living in the EU, I’m able to lead a free and equal life, regardless of my gender, age, disability, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

SPEAK UP

Whether I’m tweeting about a new film, telling a friend about my religion, or talking about a protest I’ve seen on the news, my opinion is valuable and I’m entitled to voice it. It’s what makes democracy tick. Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of the EU and wherever I live, I have the right to talk about my ideas and beliefs.

SPEAK UP
HOT OFF THE PRESS

HOT OFF THE PRESS

Wherever I get my news – whether that be online, on TV, or from a newspaper – every media outlet is free to report current events accurately, no matter how critical of a policy or political party they are. This enables me to develop informed opinions about political events, consumer issues, sports and the kind of society I want to live in.

FAIR AND JUST

Things don’t always go to plan, but in these situations I know that the EU is here to help find an unbiased solution. I have the right to justice and a fair trial, and I can access documents and records from EU bodies. I can also bring any case to the European Court of Justice if I feel that there’s cause for concern over the legality of an act, if power has been misused, or if I think an organisation shows a lack of competence. And if I feel I’m not treated fairly by a European institution, I can refer my case to the Ombudsman.

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FAIR AND JUST
WORKING TOGETHER, FAIRLY

WORKING TOGETHER, FAIRLY

The workplace can be stressful at times, so it’s reassuring to know that the EU is protecting my rights when I’m there. If I feel like I’m being treated differently at work – perhaps due to my religion or sexual orientation – I can contact my National Equality Body, trade union, or any relevant non-governmental organisation, who will be able to help me. To make sure that I can have a full and happy career, EU laws mean that I should be treated equally by everyone I work with.

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How it works

As someone living in the EU, my rights and freedoms are laid out in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. In this document, the EU makes it clear that everyone is born free and equal in the respect and rights they deserve. The charter ensures that citizens of the EU – people of different age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion and opinion – can live side-by-side in peace and harmony. These principles are made possible by the EU rule of law, which means that everyone in each society has the same freedoms and legal rights and should receive the same treatment. It safeguards my right to vote and prevents governments abusing their power.

Did you know

65%

of Europeans say they are familiar with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, while 35% have never heard of it.

70%

of Europeans have friends or acquaintances who are of a different religion or have different beliefs to them – and that number is rising.

6 million

The number of Roma people, Europe’s largest minority, who live in the EU. Most are EU citizens.

Without discrimination

The EU was the first international organisation to explicitly recognise sexual orientation and gender identity as legal grounds of discrimination.

The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene

Although her youth is long behind her, Gisela still longs to experience the sights of Europe. Her grandchildren decide to raise enough money to send her on her dream adventure, but their plan has unexpected results...

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Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth

After becoming lost and stranded in a menacing forest, a young girl must rely on the assistance of an unlikely friend to find her way home.

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Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois

Alex is an energetic twenty five year-old who will do anything he can to keep dancing. Trapped in a restrictive job, he's suddenly hit by a spark of inspiration.

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The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki

A man of the wilderness, Jan lives alone in a cabin in the Polish mountains. But when destiny interrupts his solitary lifestyle, he must devise a plan in order to follow his heart.

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Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

A young Croatian farmer dreams of becoming a professional football star. But before pursuing his ambition on the pitch, he must first face the truth about who he really is.

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The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

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