Anti-Discrimination : European Parliament Backs Positive Action

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Anti-Discrimination : European Parliament Backs Positive Action


Responding to the European Commission's Green Paper on a strategic framework for non-discrimination and equal opportunities for all, the European Parliament adopted an own-initiative report on 15 June, outlining its vision for combating all forms of discrimination in society and in the workplace, be it of a sexual or ethnic nature (390 votes to 222, with 47 abstentions).

EDUCATION VITAL

Drafted by Tatjana Zdanoka (Greens/EFA, Latvia), the report emphasises that over and above legislation and court action, discrimination can best be challenged through education, promoting best practices and raising public awareness.

BACKING FOR POSITIVE ACTION

The European Parliament believes it is "vital to provide an unequivocal definition of positive action" and emphasises that "positive action" does not mean "positive discrimination". Among the specific examples that it highlights are a review of recruitment policies and practices for identifying and removing those responsible for creating discrimination; the adoption of measures to draw the attention of disadvantaged groups to certain opportunities; the setting of targets to improve the representation of disadvantaged groups among workers; and the provision of the necessary aid to these groups to participate in social life. …

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