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Ten years on: practical impact of the Employment Directive – report by the European Disability Forum

A report focuses on the perspective of the organisations of persons with disabilities in using the tools provided by the Employment Directive to promote disability equality in employment. The breadth of the equality bodies and ombudspersons’ work is also analysed.


The European Disability Forum (EDF) recently launched a report offering an analysis of the implementation of the Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000. This Directive, commonly referred as the Employment Directive establishes a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation.

The report is based on a survey carried out among the national EDF members in summer 2010. It focuses on the perspective of the organisations of persons with disabilities in using the tools provided by the Employment Directive to promote disability equality in employment.

In this publication, the European Disability Forum describes how equality bodies and ombudspersons can serve as an out-of-court mechanism for the disputes concerning discrimination in employment. As part of the report’s recommendations, the European Disability Forum calls for the reinforcement of mandates of equality bodies.

To read the report, please click here

Further information about the European Disability Forum (EDF) can be found at www.edf-feph.org

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