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Parliamentary questions
11 September 2007
ORAL QUESTION for Question Time at the part-session in September II 2007 pursuant to Rule 109 of the Rules of Procedure by Anne Van Lancker to the Commission

 Subject: Report on racism and xenophobia in EU Member States

According to a report on racism in the EU published by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, people are often still being discriminated against on grounds of origin, even though this is prohibited by two directives (2000/78/EC(1) and 2000/43/EC(2)) ). In Belgium, the discrimination is occurring above all in the area of employment. The directives in question above all introduced a number of well-functioning national bodies to deal with complaints, but this is often failing to lead to sanctions being imposed. In a number of countries, bodies for dealing with complaints about racism have not yet even been set up, although this is a requirement of Directive 2000/43/EC. Is the Commission aware of the report? Does the Commission not see any possibility of taking more urgent measures to encourage Member States to reduce discrimination on grounds of origin? Does the Commission have proposals for improving compliance with the directives on discrimination drawn up by it?

(1)OJ L 303, 2.12.2000, p. 16.
(2)OJ L 180, 19.7.2000, p. 22.

Original language of question: NL
Utolsó frissítés: 2007. szeptember 21.Jogi nyilatkozat