The Employment Equality Directive has been transposed into national laws in all 28 Member States. However, the joint report of the Commission on the application of the Racial Equality Directive and the Employment Equality Directive reveals that there are still challenges to the implementation and application of these directives. In addition, several infringement proceedings against Member States are currently pending.
1. How does the Commission intend to ensure better practical implementation and application of the Employment Equality Directive in the Member States?
2. Most EU citizens are unaware of the rights laid down in the Employment Equality Directive, which leads to underreporting. How will the Commission ensure that awareness campaigns yield sustainable results in citizens’ understanding of their rights and employer responsibilities? What other measures is the Commission planning to address underreporting and to improve access to complaint mechanisms? What steps does the Commission consider could be taken to address the problem of access to justice as cited in the aforementioned application report?
3. The scarcity of equality data across Member States, disaggregated by grounds of discrimination as laid down in the Employment Equality Directive, makes it more difficult to fight discrimination and to promote equality. Will the Commission propose concrete measures to improve data collection and assessment, especially with regard to data collected by the Member States, ensuring that the new data are proportionate and contribute to reaching the goals of the directive?
4. Women in the workforce face a number of disadvantages. They are more frequently employed in non-standard employment contracts and the gender pay gap is still unacceptably high. How does the Commission intend to tackle these problems in light of the above directive?
5. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires states parties and regional integration organisations to make the denial of reasonable accommodation a form of discrimination. How will the Commission ensure that this right is respected with regard to people with disabilities in the context of the Employment Equality Directive without explicitly making non-provision of reasonable accommodation a discriminatory action?