Brussels, 4 May 2010
Equality: European Commission refers Poland to Court of Justice over race equality rules
The European Commission today referred Poland to the EU Court of Justice for incorrectly implementing EU rules prohibiting discrimination based on race or ethnic origin (Race Equality Directive 2000/43/EC, see also MEMO/07/257). The move comes after Poland failed to adequately transpose the legislation agreed at EU level in its national law.
In referring Poland to the Court, the Commission pointed out that:
Anti-discrimination (in areas outside gender and nationality discrimination) is a relatively new area of EU policy. Following the Amsterdam Treaty in 1999, the EU acquired new powers to combat discrimination based on racial or ethnic origin, religion and belief, disability, age and sexual orientation (former Article 13 TEC, now Article 10 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union). This led to the unanimous adoption by Member States of two Directives in 2000:
The deadlines for Member States to transpose these two directives were 19 July and 2 December 2003, respectively. For the 10 countries that joined the EU in 2004, the deadline was 1 May 2004. For Bulgaria and Romania, it was 1 January 2007.
EU anti-discrimination legislation
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