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Commissioner Věra Jourová meets representatives of NGOs to discuss the Equal Treatment Directive

16-02-2015

Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality has today met with representatives of several Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including Amnesty International, Eurochild and the European Disability Forum. The topic of the discussions was the proposed Equal Treatment Directive, which aims to ensure a uniform level of protection against discrimination on grounds of disability, age, sexual orientation and religion or belief anywhere in the European Union.

The Commission proposed the legislation in July 2008 (IP/08/1071) and the European Parliament backed the file in April 2009 (press release). The directive is still under negotiation in Council.

Commissioner Jourová is committed to the proposal. Speaking following the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on 12 December 2014, Věra Jourová said:

"The fight against discrimination is a key priority for the Juncker Commission and it is my mission to unblock the negotiations on the Equal Treatment Directive. We already have EU legislation prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of nationality, sex and race. However, protection from discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, disability, age and sexual orientation is limited to the employment field. We should build on this momentum to further progress in the coming months."

Currently in the EU, citizens are protected by the Racial Equality directive (MEMO/07/257), which prohibits discrimination in employment, access to goods and services, social security and education but only on the ground of racial or ethnic origin. The Employment Equality directive (MEMO/08/69) prohibits discrimination based on age, disability, religion or belief, or sexual orientation, but only in employment and occupation.

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