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The European Commission reaction to the anti-discrimination law

in MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF, 14/05/2010

ILGA-Europe approached the European Commission to get a reaction to the new anti-discrimination law in FYROM, which does not include sexual orientation among the banned grounds of discrimination.

Statement from the European Commission:

The European Commission calls upon the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to ensure that its comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation is in line with the acquis. The anti-discrimination rules established in the EU's legal order (through Directives 2000/43 and 2000/78) concern discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief and disability.

The rules apply in a number of sectors, including employment, access to social services and others. The Commission expects the country to comply with the EU requirements in all these fields. The Commission considers that in order to meet these requirements the recently enacted antidiscrimination legislation will need to be amended in order to include explicit prohibition of discrimination on grounds of sexual discrimination.

Angela Filote
Spokesperson for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy
European Commission

 

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