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THE HAGUE, Netherlands- Today (12:30 -19:00) the Plenary of the Dutch Parliament discusses the State of the European Union and their upcoming EU Presidency. In preparation of this, former EU Commissioner Frits Bolkestein wrote an article in the 3rd largest Dutch Newspaper on the currently hotly debated #EqualTreatmentDirective. Dubbing it an “absurd piece of legislation”. … Continue Reading »
Any new law must be necessary, meaning that it must respond to a pressing social need. In the case of the ETD, which widens the scope of anti-discrimination to all sectors of life, public and private, no pressing social need has been demonstrated. There have been no studies that show, based on objective and reliable … Continue Reading »
Proportionality implies a careful balancing between the interests at stake, the goals pursued, the means employed to reach them and the rights and freedoms that might be curtailed in this process. The European Commission hasn’t proven that the ETD is proportionate to the aims pursued and that there were no less restrictive means available to … Continue Reading »