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Parliamentary questions
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19 June 2015
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-005575/2015

Directives 2006/54/EC, 2004/113/EC and 2000/43/EC require Member States to have equality bodies covering discrimination on grounds of sex and racial or ethnic origin. The directives require these bodies to (i) provide independent assistance to victims of discrimination in pursuing the complaints of discrimination; (ii) conduct independent surveys concerning discrimination; and (iii) publish independent reports and make recommendations on any issue related to such discrimination. It is these requirements that the Commission takes into account in assessing Member States' compliance.

The Commission has strictly monitored the correct transposition of these Directives as regards the equality bodies since these bodies, acting as watchdogs for equality, play a core role in ensuring effective implementation and application of these Directives. The Commission has contacted a number of Member States to inquire about their conformity with these requirements. Last year infringements proceedings were pursued against Finland and Slovenia. Finland was referred to the Court of Justice by the Commission due to this matter but the problem has been successfully resolved in their new legislation and, following this, the Commission decided on 29 April 2015 to withdraw this matter from the Court.

In the same way the Commission strictly monitors the implementation of EC law in countries seeking to accede to the EU.

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