European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

Civil society organisations and trade unions warmly welcome the EC’s decision to propose a single anti-discrimination directive

On 16 June 2008, Commissioner Barrot confirmed to the European Parliament in Strasbourg that the European Commission will propose a cross-cutting directive aimed at combating discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, religion/belief and sexual orientation in areas outside the field of employment.

We, civil society organisations as well as trade unions working for equality, human rights and social justice, warmly welcome this news and congratulate President Barroso and the European Commission on their consistent commitment to equality for all. We greatly appreciate their political leadership in making this important decision to extend the protection against discrimination to all non-discrimination grounds mentioned under the EU Treaty, and to ensure that all people in Europe are equally protected from discrimination and enjoy the same rights. We also thank the European Parliament for its strong support and we now hope that this initiative gets the full support of all EU Member States.

Signatories:

1. ILGA-Europe – the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) – www.ilga-europe.org

2. ENAR – the European Network Against Racism - www.enar-eu.org

3. ETUC – the European Trade Union Confederation - www.etuc.org

4. EWL – the European Women’s Lobby - www.womenlobby.org

5. YFJ – the European Youth Foundation - www.youthforum.org

6. EAPN – the European Anti-Poverty Network - www.eapn.org

7. SOLIDAR - a network of social and economic justice NGOs working in co-development and international cooperation, social policy and social service provision, and life-long learning – www.solidar.org

8. AGE - the European Older People's Platform - www.age-platform.org

For more information please contact
Juris Lavrikovs at + 32 2 609 54 16 / + 32 496 708 375
Georgina Siklossy (ENAR) at +32 2 229 35 77