Court raps Germany on anti-discrimination policy

28th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 April 2005, BRUSSELS - The European Court of Justice on Thursday ruled that Germany had breached European Union law by failing fully to transpose the bloc's ethnic anti-discrimination legislation into national law.

28 April 2005

BRUSSELS - The European Court of Justice on Thursday ruled that Germany had breached European Union law by failing fully to transpose the bloc's ethnic anti-discrimination legislation into national law.

The court said Germany had overshot the 19 July 2003 deadline for adapting its domestic laws to reflect EU rules banning direct and indirect discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin.

The EU anti-discrimination legislation applies to areas such as employment, vocational training, education, social security and health care as well as access to goods, services and housing.

The EU directive, unanimously approved in 2000, also requires governments to set up a special agency to promote equal treatment and provide practical and independent support to victims of racial discrimination.

EU officials urged Berlin to speed up the implementation of the directive which is still under discussion in the Bundestag or national parliament.

"I urge Germany to move quickly to meet its obligations," said EU social affairs chief Vladimir Spidla, adding that member states have had five years to put the EU law into their national legislation.

DPA

Subject: German news

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