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Parliamentary questions
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9 April 2019
Question for written answer E-001726-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nessa Childers (S&D)

 Subject:  EU anti-discrimination law and Irish election observers
 Answer in writing 

Irish Aid, Ireland’s official international development aid programme, has actively resisted affording Irish volunteers legal protections covering such areas as selection by merit, fair and transparent procedures, and promotion of equality and disability rights, starting with failure to conduct fundamental equality monitoring, failure to consult the EU recommendation profiles held in Brussels, and refusal to grant disability accommodation, on the grounds that such rights do not apply to volunteers.

Could the Commission clarify:
1. How EU anti-discrimination legislation applies to those who serve on EU election observation missions;
2. How a national authority should apply EU anti-discrimination legislation when recruiting and selecting observers for service with the EU;
3. How EC law concerning recruitment and nomination of disabled observers for EU missions has been applied in other instances?
Last updated: 18 April 2019Legal notice