EU countries scrap ethics clause in EU funds

by ERIO on April 26th, 2012

Foreign ministers at the general affairs council in Brussels on Tuesday (24 April) excised an anti-discrimination clause from the European Commission's cohesion policy proposal for 2014-20.
The cohesion policy, described by European Parliament president Martin Schultz on Wednesday, as "a tremendous success for Europe," is designed to invest in projects ranging from job creation to improving infrastructure.

It represents more than a third - or about €347 billion - of the current EU seven-year budget.
The commission's anti-discrimination conditionality would have required member states - in order to access the EU funds - to guarantee the needs of the disabled or any other group commonly discriminated against. This includes women, gay people, disabled people and religious minorities.

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