EU Anti-Discrimination Directive - why?

Find out what this proposed Directive is about, why ILGA-Europe fully supports the adoption, and what this Directive has to do with you.

On 2 July 2008, the European Commission proposed a directive that would ban discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation in all areas of EU competence. The European Union currently prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, religion or belief, disability, age, or sexual orientation in employment and occupation. The EU extends the protection from discrimination on the ground of race alone to the areas of social protection, social advantages, and access to goods and services. The EU also protects from discrimination on the basis of gender in employment and occupation, as well as in access to goods and services.

The proposed Directive, if adopted, will extend protection from discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, disability, age, or sexual orientation in the areas of social protection, social advantages, and access to goods and services. This Directive would eliminate the hierarchy of rights that currently exists in the EU by giving the listed grounds the same protections guaranteed under the Race Directive.

Please read below for more information, including ILGA-Europe’s stance on the Directive and what you can do to help its passage. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Sophie Aujean, Policy and Programmes Officer.

What is the current legal situation in the EU?

In this section you can find information of the current legal situaltion and read examples on how this can effect the daily life of LGBT people living in the European Union.

Why ILGA-Europe supports the proposed Anti-Discrimination Directive

The proposed anti-discrimination Directive currently identifies four different grounds that will be protected from bias in the areas of social protection, social advantages, education, and access to supply of goods. The protected grounds are religion or belief, disability, age, and sexual orientation. ILGA-Europe supports this multi-ground approach for several reasons.

ILGA-Europe campaigning for an Anti-Discrimination Directive

ILGA-Europe has since 2008 campaigned together with other European social NGOs and national member organisations for the adoption of the horizontal Anti-Discrimination Directive.

This campaign is to call on ALL Member States to support this proposal and ensure that the Commission’s proposal becomes EU law.

Read what you can do, and what ILGA-Europe is doing together with our partners.

Resources and useful links

In this section, we are gathering resources on the topic.

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