This European Commission information campaign works to raise awareness of discrimination, promote diversity and increase understanding of EU anti-discrimination legislation. It is active in all Member States through different projects aimed at the general public as well as stakeholders such as employers and people working in the field of equality. The campaign focuses on the five grounds of discrimination covered by the Framework employment directive (age, disability, sexual orientation and religion or belief) and the Race and ethnic origin directive.
2012 has been proclaimed European year of active ageing and solidarity between generations, aiming at raising awareness that older people can make important contributions to society, whether at home, at work or in the community. It also intends to encourage policymakers and other stakeholders to take action at all levels, creating better opportunities for active ageing and strengthening solidarity between the generations.
The European disability strategy is a framework adopted by the European Commission in 2010, with the main purpose to enable people with disabilities to fully enjoy their rights. The strategy covers three main priorities: finding and keeping jobs; education for all and living independently, with the long-term focus of empowering people with disabilities, enabling them to participate fully in society and improve their quality of life, removing the barriers they encounter in their everyday lives.
The European Commission adopted its five-year framework for gender equality in 2010, with the aim to support the promotion of gender equality in the implementation of all aspects and flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy. This framework defines a series of actions to be taken by the Commission around five main priorities: equal economic independence; equal pay; equality in decision-making; tackling gender violence and promoting equality beyond the EU.
In April 2011 the European Commission adopted a communication on a framework for national Roma integration strategies, encouraging each Member States, in proportion to the size of its Roma population, to adopt or further develop a comprehensive approach to Roma integration, endorsing a certain number of specific goals. These goals are set around four priority areas: access to education, employment, healthcare and housing. In May 2012 the Commission adopted a communication assessing the national strategies adopted and implemented so far.
Between 2011 and 2013 the EU Fundamental Rights Agency will launch and publish two surveys regarding equality for LGBT persons, one on discrimination against and victimisation of LGBT people, and the other on public bodies and service providers.
You can access the first ever EU-wide survey on the discrimination experiences of LGBT people, recently launched by the FRA, by clicking here.