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Know your rights! - Discrimination booklet published

12-05-2015

The Commission published a booklet that provides easily accessible guidance for victims of discrimination. It informs them of their rights under EU law, about what they can do and whom they can contact for support.

The fight against discrimination occupies a central place in the European Union policies. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, stated in his political guidelines for the new European Commission: "Discrimination must have no place in our Union, whether on the basis of nationality, sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation, or with regard to people belonging to a minority. I will therefore maintain the proposal for a directive in this field and seek to convince national governments to give up their current resistance in the Council".

VÄ›ra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality is a firm supporter of legislation and practical measures to combat and prevent all forms of discrimination and violence. In her video message to the international Forum taking place today and tomorrow on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (17 May), she says: "We are all born equal in dignity and rights. I am working in close cooperation with Member States to win their support on the Equal Treatment Directive, providing further protection from discrimination. It is my aim to secure its adoption as soon as possible. (…) Only by eliminating discrimination, we can ensure that every individual is given the opportunity of full participation in our social and economic life. "

Everybody has the right to equal treatment and to be protected against discrimination. The equality legislation adopted until now sends a strong signal to everyone in the EU that no form of discrimination is accepted. However, people must also be informed of their rights. The booklet will help raise awareness and assist victims of discrimination.

One of legislative measures in place is the Directive ensuring equal treatment of women and men in access to goods and services.

A recent report on its implementation shows that all Member States have taken measures to transpose the Directive into their domestic legal orders and set up the procedures and bodies for its implementation.

Some implementation issues remain in a few Member States. The Commission has engaged in a constructive dialogue with those Member States to ensure a full and complete implementation of the Directive.

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