Equality and Anti-Discrimination
The EU and all its member states agreed that they shall “in all their activities aim to eliminate inequalities, and to promote equality, between men and women” to “fight against social exclusion” and to “combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation”. Unfortunately, we have not reached equality in the EU yet.
Since 2000 the EU has had legislation protecting against discrimination in the workplace. But protection against discrimination needs to also cover other areas such as access to social protection, education and access to goods and services. Legislation on this issue (the Equal treatment directive*) was drawn up by the European Commission and the European Parliament but has been blocked by member states in the Council since 2008.
We work to ensure that everyone living in the EU is protected against all forms of discrimination.
* These are the grounds currently covered by the EU: Religion or belief, disability, age and sexual orientation are covered by the Employment Equality Directive (2000/78/EC). Racial or ethnic origin is covered by the Racial Equality Directive (2000/43/EC) and gender is covered by the Gender Equality Directive (2006/54/EC)