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EPP-ED Hearing on the Anti-Discrimination Directive: ''A useful dialogue for realistic compromises''. Patrick Gaubert MEP and Thomas Mann MEP


EPP-ED Hearing on Anti-discrimination directive: expected impact on the ground<BR>
l-r: Patrick Gaubert MEP (EPP-ED, France), Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament, and Thomas Mann MEP (EPP-ED, Germany), Chairman of the Tibet Intergroup of the European Parliament
The EPP-ED Group in the European Parliament organised on Thursday 29 January a public Hearing on the new anti-discrimination directive that was hosted by EPP-ED Shadow Rapporteur Patrick Gaubert MEP, and Thomas Mann MEP. The aim of the Hearing was to analyse the proposed directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

"The EPP-ED shows how interested it is in fighting all sorts of discrimination, which many European citizens are facing" Patrick Gaubert said. "Our Group is willing to adopt a positive approach in dealing with these problems. We want to come up with solutions that will substantially improve the protection of our citizen against all sorts of discrimination, while analysing carefully which consequences this type of legislation could possibly have on the different economic actors in terms of cost and bureaucracy."

Representatives of the European Commission, of the EU Council Presidency, experts from several NGOs (European Social Platform, AGE, European Youth Forum, European Network Against Racism, European Disability Forum), legal experts, the European Insurance Federation and Eurocommerce took part in this Hearing. It was an occasion for all stakeholders to establish a real dialogue and to open a path towards realistic compromises in the perspective of a vote in the Civil Liberties Committee which should take place in February.

The EPP-ED Group, which was in favour of a sectorial directive rather than a horizontal one, will spare no effort to clarify the concepts and clauses that the Group considers not clear enough in the initial proposal. "Our goal must be to ensure that a certain level of legal certainty and the principle of subsidiarity are abided by" Thomas Mann insisted.

In his conclusion, EPP-ED Shadow Rapporteur Patrick Gaubert MEP expressed his satisfaction at the interesting contributions delivered by participants, and the presence of a great number of external experts. He also underlined the need to reach, in cooperation with the other political Groups, an instrument which will have true added value for all persons affected.

Click here to view photos of the hearing.

(Translation from the original French)

For further information:
Patrick Gaubert MEP, Tel: + 32-2-2845156
Thomas Mann MEP, Tel: +32-2-2845318
EPP-ED Press Service:
Marion Jeanne, Tel: +32-479-840293
Thomas Bickl, Tel: +32-478-215372

Notes to Editors:
The EPP-ED Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 288 Members from all 27 Member States.

Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs