Brief overview of the programme of the Belgian Presidency of the EU Council.
The Presidency Trio of Spain, Belgium and Hungary is the first to work under the new Lisbon Treaty. Spain started the 18-month rotating Presidency by running it from January to June 2010. Belgium assumes now the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) until December 2010 and precedes Hungary.
The current Presidency is marked by the desire to ensure a continuation of the work done under the Spanish Presidency. A pledge was made to continue making progress in the struggle against discrimination and for equality. In fact, the programme stipulates that ’The Belgian Presidency will continue the work of the Spanish presidency concerning the implementation of the principle of equality of treatment of individuals without distinction of religion, disability, age or sexual orientation.’
The issue of equality takes a significant place in the six-month programme. The promotion and protection of Human Rights is also considered as a priority. The programme entails references to topics closely linked to equality and anti-discrimination such as:
The start of the Belgian presidency represents also a great opportunity for NGOs at European level to reiterate their priorities and call for action to ensure protection against discrimination. Read below some of the memorandums issued by EU NGOs acting in the field of equality and anti-discrimination.
ILGA Europe memorandum (PDF, 225KB)
ERIO’s recommendations (PDF, 242KB)
Trade unions and social partners at EU level have also communicated their priority areas for action in the social and economic fields.
ETUC’s memorandum (page 10-12)
Read the programme of the Belgian Presidency of the EU Council (PDF)
Browse the official website: www.eu2010.be