In the Amsterdam Treaty of 1997, the European Union introduced the legal mechanism to fight against all forms of discrimination in everyday life, including in the workplace, whether based on religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation, race or ethnic origin.
In order to enforce this legal tool, the Council of Europe approved two Directives (2000/78/EC and 2000/43/EC) that guarantee a common minimum level of legal protection across the European Union against racial discrimination or discrimination based on ethnic origin, and more specifically against discrimination in the workplace. An Action Plan supports the practical measures to be implemented across European Member States. This Action Plan namely consists in the European Community programme PROGRESS, and in the campaign 'For Diversity, Against Discrimination'.
PROGESS is the Community tool that supports Member States in setting up their information and awareness-raising campaigns as regards the fight against discrimination.
A European information and awareness-raising campaign, "For Diversity, against Discrimination", comes in support of national awareness-raising campaigns.
The campaign is led by a National Working Group in each Member State, and is made up of representatives of civil society and representatives of the ministries. It is more particularly aimed at the workplace, youth, and the general public.
In July 2008, the European Commission created a governmental expert group in the field of non-discrimination and the promotion of equality. The group is in charge of advancing the legacy of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All (2007) and of fostering the further development of its policies. The OLAI represents Luxembourg in this group.