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PR(06)39: Iceland fails to implement new rules on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women as regards access to employment, vocational training, promotion and working conditions

6.9.2006

Today the EFTA Surveillance Authority delivered a reasoned opinion to Iceland because of Iceland’s failure to implement Directive 2002/73/EC amending Directive 76/207/EEC on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women as regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion, and working conditions. The Directive should have been implemented in national law by 5 October 2005.

The objective of Directive 76/207/EEC is to put into effect the principle of equal treatment for men and women as regards access to employment, including promotion, and to vocational training and as regards working conditions.

The amending Directive (2002/73/EC) introduces, inter alia, definitions of direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment. Furthermore, it provides that harassment and sexual harassment in the sense of the Directive are deemed to be discrimination on grounds of sex and therefore prohibited. The Directive also requires that EEA States shall designate and make the necessary arrangements for a body or bodies for the promotion, analysis, monitoring and support of equal treatment of all persons without discrimination on the grounds of sex.

The purpose of the Authority’s reasoned opinion is to give Iceland a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides whether to bring the matter before the EFTA Court. Iceland has been given two months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Hallgrímur Ásgeirsson
Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 60 

6 September 2006




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