Europäische Union - 29.04.2005 - von Geert
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today ruled that Germany had breached EU law by failing to transpose fully a European Directive prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin (Directive 2000/43/EC).
The deadline for EU Member States to transpose this Directive was 19 July 2003 - except for the 10 new Member States, who had to ensure that their legislation complied with the Directives by their accession to the EU on 1 May 2004.
Commenting on the ECJ ruling, European Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Vladimir Spidla, said: "This Directive was agreed unanimously by the Member States and adopted in 2000. Member States have now had five years to put this EU law into their national legislation. I urge Germany to move quickly to meet their obligations in this area, which is vital for the protection of fundamental rights in the EU".
The 'Racial Equality Directive' prohibits direct and indirect discrimination in a wide range of areas including employment, vocational training, education, social security and healthcare, access to goods and services and housing. It also requires Member States to designate a body to promote equal treatment and provide practical and independent support to victims of racial discrimination.
Draft legislation to implement the Directive is being discussed by the German Parliament, but has not yet been adopted.
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