Joint statement ahead of PES EPSCO Ministers meeting

In July 2008, the European Commission published its proposal on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation (also known as “equal treatment directive outside of work” – COM (2008)-426).

While the European Parliament, under the consent procedure, adopted its first reading position in April 2009, the Council seems to have been unable to find consensus. Since, the European Parliament has continuously been calling for a position by the Council and adoption of the report, but without success.

Under the upcoming EU-Presidency, led by PES Governments, and the leadership of our political family of the EPSCO Council, our political family has a real chance to break the deadlock and progress on this dossier in order to ensure more protection to all European citizens and fight against all kind of discriminations on equal footing. The PES – and Europe – needs to act positively on social issues, as directly referred in different resolutions adopted during the last PES Congress in Budapest.

Therefore, Rainbow Rose, PES Women, YES, ESO and SOLIDAR strongly encourage you to make this a top priority for the EPSCO PES Ministers for the months to come.

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