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UK equality laws fall short of EU requirements, says Commission

The UK's equality laws are inadequate, according to the European Commission which has announced that it has begun legal action against the UK. The Government claims that new equality legislation will settle the dispute.

The Commission has said that the UK's laws are not compliant with the Equal Treatment Directive. It has begun legal action over the issue.

"This directive was agreed unanimously by all EU countries in 2002, but to be effective it needs to be fully and correctly transposed into national law," said Vladimír Špidla, EU Commissioner for Equal Opportunities. "We call on the UK Government to make the necessary changes to its gender equality legislation as soon as possible so as to fully comply with the EU rules."

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December 1, 2009

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