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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-08-09

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Diversity truck tours Europe to boost the EU's drive against discrimination
  • [02] Rédiffusion
  • [03] Commission is against discrimination of smokers Midday Express of 2006-08-09 Reference: MEX/06/0809 Date: 09/08/2006 EXME06 / 09.8

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb

    09/08/06


  • [01] Diversity truck tours Europe to boost the EU's drive against discrimination

    The EU's Stop-Discrimination Truck heads off on its third EU tour tomorrow 10 August, travelling through 22 cities in 13 countries to promote equal opportunities in employment. On its four-month journey, the 30-ton mobile information platform will visit job fairs, university career days, youth festivals, and companies to raise awareness of the benefits of a discrimination-free working environment. Among other things, the Truck features a mobile 'Ability Park' which puts visitors' senses to the test to highlight the everyday challenges people with disabilities face. To mark Finland's Presidency of the EU, this year's tour starts in Helsinki.

    [02] Rédiffusion

    [03] Commission is against discrimination of smokers

    It is a misinterpretation to say that the EU “gives green light to refuse smokers a job”, thinks “discrimination of smokers is ok” or “allows discrimination against smokers” as was invoked by some media. As clearly stated in the Charter of Fundamental Rights the EU is against any kind of discrimination. The EC Treaty under Art 13 gives the Commission the possibility to legislate in certain areas on anti-discrimination. EU legislation therefore prohibits discrimination on grounds of age, handicap, sexual orientation and religion or belief in the WORK PLACE; discrimination on grounds of race/ethnic origin and gender is generally prohibited. The fact that EU legislation does not cover non-discrimination of smokers does not mean that the Commission regards discrimination against smokers as rightful. People should be employed on the basis of their skills and qualifications, not be excluded ex ante from proving their abilities on any grounds. Any kind of discrimination beyond the mentioned scope of EU legislation falls under the responsibility of member states. While the Commission promotes a smoke-free environment in the work-place as a measure to protect both smokers and non-smokers' health, the Commission has strong doubts that is politically acceptable to discriminate against smokers. It is certainly not the right way to deal with the problem of tobacco addiction and the implications this might have on the work place. The Commission itself does n From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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