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

The EC needs to take political lead and propose single anti-discrimination directive covering all grounds of discrimination

On 11 June 2008, the college of the European Commissioners will be presented with the opportunity to bring forward proposals for vital protection against discrimination. This is expected to be the last opportunity for all European Commissioners to have their say before the proposal is finalised and published on 2 July 2008.

ENAR and ILGA-Europe call upon European Commissioners to demonstrate strong political leadership and to deliver upon their commitment made in 2004 before the European Parliament to come out with a proposal which would once and for all end the hierarchical and piecemeal EU equality legislation and protections.

ENAR and ILGA-Europe urge the European Commission to prove their commitment and belief in unconditional equality for all by proposing one ‘horizontal’ anti-discrimination directive which would protect millions of people in Europe against discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, religion/belief and sexual orientation in all areas of life.

For more information please contact
Juris Lavrikovs (ILGA-Europe) at + 32 2 609 54 16 / + 32 496 708 375

Georgina Siklossy (ENAR) at +32 2 229 35 77

Notes for editors:

(1) The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) is a network of European NGOs working to combat racism in all EU member states and represents more than 600 NGOs spread around the European Union: www.enar-eu.org

(2) ILGA-Europe is the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association and works for equality and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Europe: www.ilga-europe.org