EUROPE: EUROBAROMETER, "DISCRIMINATION STILL WIDESPREAD IN THE 27-MEMBER EU" (2)

The Eurobarometer survey suggests that "the existence, within the EU, of regulations against discrimination (based on gender, race or ethnic group, age, sex preference, disability, religion or personal beliefs) is still scarcely known" within the EU. Actually only one third of the population say they are aware of their rights in case of discrimination or harassment. "This is why – states the EU Commission – the main goals of the European Year will be to inform people of their right to non-discrimination" and "to highlight the advantages of diversity". To reach the citizens, the campaign will be "remarkably widespread" in the 27 member states. The Eurobarometer survey shows that the perception of potential discrimination is "remarkably different from a state to the next". In any case "the vast majority consider that being disabled (79%), Rom (77%), over 50 (69%) or from a different ethnic group (62%) is a disadvantage in their society". At the same time, though, the majority of the interviewees "think there should be more women in executive roles (77%) and in Parliament (72%)". "In addition, many think more disabled people should be on the job market(74%)".

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