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Lacks in the Polish anti-discrimination system in the light of European standards
 
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Polskie Towarzystwo Prawa Antydyskryminacyjnego Wydział Prawa i Administracji UW
Publication date: 2020-06-02
 
Problemy Polityki Społecznej 2011;15:53–64
 
ABSTRACT
European Union equality legislation has been expanding its material and personal scope throughout recent decades. Starting with gender equality in employment, it now assures the prohibition of discrimination regardless of ethnic origin and race, disability, age, sexual orientation and religion or belief in different spheres of life. Poland’s accession to the European Union put an obligation on Poland’s government to introduce effective legal protection against discrimination into the national legal order. Until recent days, after six years of Poland’s membership in European structures, Polish law was still not in compliance with EU’s requirements in relation to equality. As an effect of this resistance, the European Commission has launched a number of infringement procedures against Poland for lacks of equality laws at the national level. The recently-adopted law on equality was heavily criticized by experts and civil society ogranisations which represent marginalized groups. In order to keep an effective dialogue with Polish authorities, an informal platform of non-governmental organizations and trade unions (Coalition for Equal Opportunities) was set up. This is an unprecedented movement in the history of Polish NGOs, where different stakeholders united in order to level-up the protection against discrimination in the Polish legal system.
 
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