The AK welcomes the European Commission initiative to also extend protection from discrimination on discrimination grounds contained in Directive 2000/78/EC to areas outside the working world. We hold the view that the basis for protection from discrimination, which is founded on the protection of human rights, requires a level of protection that is as uniform as possible for all grounds and for all areas. We propose also incorporating the principle of equal treatment at the beginning of the proposal for a directive in a positive light and not only stating the purpose of the directive.
The aim of this proposal is to implement the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation outside the labour market. It sets out a framework for the prohibition of discrimination on these grounds and establishes a uniform minimum level of protection within the European Union for people who have suffered such discrimination.
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