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Parliamentary questions
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13 June 2018
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000437/2018

According to the Honorable Member, Section 14(1)(a)(i) of the Irish Equal Status Act 2000 (hereinafter: ‘ESA’) is in practice interpreted in such a way that any other type of enactment (primary or secondary national legislation) has precedence over the ESA provisions implementing Council Directive 2000/43/EC(1), and implementing Council Directive 2004/113/EC(2) provided there is no margin of discretion under the enactment provisions.

This raises questions about the compatibility of Section 14(1)(a)(i) ESA with the primacy of EC law. In order to assess whether the persons concerned are able to ascertain without difficulties the rights conferred to them under Directive 2000/43/EC and Directive 2004/113/EC and to keep the Honourable Member informed of the outcome, the Commission will investigate further the practical implications of this Irish provision.

(1)Council Directive 2000/43/EC of June 2000 implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin, O J L 180, 19.7.2000, p. 0022-0026.
(2)Council Directive 2004/113/EC implementing the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access and supply of goods and services, O J L 373, 21.12.2004, p. 37-43.

Last updated: 14 June 2018Legal notice