Belgium keeping alive EU anti-discrimination bill

Published: October 6, 2010

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – The Belgian EU presidency is keeping alive hopes that disabled, gay and old people will in the coming years have equal access to services in the Union’s single market.

The bill – dubbed "the fourth anti-discrimination directive" – was originally put forward by the European Commission in 2008 but disappeared into the legal machinery of the EU Council and has stayed off the political agenda for the past two years.

‘Legal uncertainty’ and potential economic impact have caused entrenched objections to the draft law (Photo:

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