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Proposed Directive on equal treatment: discussions and disagreement continue
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The Member States of the EU are still debating a Directive on the equal treatment of persons regardless of their religion, beliefs, disability, age or sexual orientation, which was first proposed in 2008. The record of the latest discussions in the Council's Working Party on Social Questions revolve around the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity.

See: Working Party on Social Questions: Proposal for a Council Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation (5428/17, 14 February 2017):

"The Working Party on Social Questions then continued its examination of the "Proposal for a Council Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion of belief, disability, age or sexual orientation". The discussion focused on a set of drafting suggestion prepared by the Presidency (doc. 15603/16).

All delegations have maintained general scrutiny reservations at this stage.

The Presidency presented a set of drafting suggestions focusing on the sexual orientation aspect of the draft Directive. A number of delegations (NL, BE, PT, DK, FR, BG, SE) expressed support for the Presidency's focus. FR,BG, EL and LU also broadly supported the Presidency proposal."

And see: Shared values? Ongoing disagreement amongst Member States on proposed anti-discrimination law (Statewatch News Online, November 2015)

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