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Equality rules implemented EU-wide 20/01/2014 EU rules to tackle discrimination have now been implemented by all Member States, according to a new report

Equality rules implemented EU-wide

European Union rules to tackle discrimination have now been implemented by all Member States, according to a new report from the European Commission.

The report examines the state of play 13 years after the EU’s landmark anti-discrimination Directives were adopted in 2000. The rules prohibit discrimination in a number of key areas on the grounds of race or ethnic origin, and in the workplace on the grounds of age, religion or belief, disability or sexual orientation.

Both Directives have been transposed into national law in all 28 EU countries following action by the Commission.

However, the report also highlights that national authorities still need to make sure they provide effective protection to victims of discrimination on the ground. Key challenges include a lack of public awareness of rights and underreporting of discrimination cases.

"The principle of non-discrimination is one of the core principles of our European Union. Everyone is equal before the law and everyone has the right to live their life free from discrimination," said Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner. "It's thanks to the EU’s anti-discrimination rules and the Commission's enforcement action that citizens can rely on these rights in all 28 Member States. The challenge is to make sure those affected by discrimination can apply their rights in practice – that they know where to go for help and have access to justice."
 

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