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Combating discrimination

Justice, freedom and security

The European Union (EU) combats discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, and sexual orientation. In addition, all discrimination on the grounds of nationality is prohibited by the Treaties. The right to non-discrimination is further reinforced by the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which has the same legal value as the Treaties.
The EU legal framework on anti-discrimination was initiated in 2000. It contains three directives, namely equal treatment irrespective of racial or ethnic origin, in employment and between men and women outside the labour market. Member States and the Union institutions and authorities are assisted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) when implementing EU law on anti-discrimination. Financial assistance is provided by the PROGRESS 2007-13 programme.

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