The EU Framework Employment Directive is largely limited to the workplace. This page deals with directives and proposed directives going beyond employment, e.g. on provision of services and education.
Initial comment: In
European Accessibility Act
This directive was passed by the EU in 2019. The text is at https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/dir/2019/882/oj .
The directive focuses
Since the impact of the directive on speech impairments such as stammering may well be limited, and in any
Proposal for a wider Equal Treatment Directive
Proposal and lack of progress
In 2008 the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new directive on discrimination beyond the workplace, including access to goods and services and education. It would apply to discrimination based on disability as well as religion or belief, age and sexual orientation. The Commission’s 2008 proposal is at https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52008PC0426
It is only a proposal and would need the consent of all member states to be adopted as EU law. Progress on it has rather stalled. A “Legislative train schedule” showing what has happened is at www.europarl.europa.eu/legislative-train/theme-area-of-justice-and-fundamental-rights/file-anti-discrimination-directive .
UK Government consultation
The UK published a consultation document on the proposed directive
The then UK Labour Government seemed to support the directive in
UK Work and Pensions Committee
In a report dated April 2009 the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee considered the proposed EU directive.
- It strongly welcomed the draft directive, but believed the directive must clarify the definition of disability and recommended that the social model should be used (compare its recommendation on UK definition of disability).
- Multiple discrimination should be covered.
- The Government should also listen to concerns from the business community – without diminishing any of the existing obligations on business.
Source: paras 267-282 Work and Pensions Committee report The Equality Bill: how disability equality fits within a single Equality Act (parliament.uk).