May 11
2021
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3rd May 2021
Employment & Immigration Human Rights Internal Market

Fundamental Rights Agency: discrimination in the EU persists after 20 years of EU equality legislation

In an Opinion on inequality and discrimination in the EU published last Friday, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) concludes that discrimination remains a daily reality for many people across the EU despite 20 years of EU equality legislation.

The Opinion, which complements the European Commission’s 2021 Report on the Racial and Employment Equality Directives, points to persistent inequalities in all relevant areas of life in Europe– from employment to health and housing. Likewise, it concludes that relevant gaps in collecting equality data persist, which hampers the effective monitoring of how Member States apply the equality directives.

The Opinion presents FRA evidence of experiences of discrimination on the grounds and areas of life covered by the racial and employment equality directives, but also on the grounds and areas of life beyond them. It is therefore relevant to the protracted negotiations on the 2008 proposal for an Equal Treatment Directive, namely the proposed Council Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons, irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

The FRA Opinion includes a set of suggestions for actions of the EU and the Member States which are deemed as necessary to improve protection against discrimination and foster equal treatment.

Read the Opinion here.

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