The 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for all is an initiative to drive for a bolder strategy against discrimination in the EU. In June 2005 the European Commission published Framework strategy for non-discrimination and equal opportunities for all which outlines their initiative. The European Year will focus on the six grounds of discrimination as recognised by the EU, that are Gender, Race or Ethnicity, Religion or Belief, Sexual Orientation, Age, and People with Disability.
The aims of the year are to make people more aware of their rights for equal treatment and to live free from discrimination, promote equal opportunities for all, and discuss the benefits of diversity for European societies and individuals.
The European Year is based on four key objectives:
Rights – Raising awareness on the right to equality and non-discrimination and on the problem of multiple discrimination
Representation – stimulating debate on ways to increase the participation of groups in society which are victims of discrimination and a balanced participation of men and women
Recognition – Facilitating and celebrating diversity and equality and to make public opinion and the people concerned aware of the positive contribution each party can make to society.
Respect – Promoting a more cohesive society through activities to raise awareness among the public and the people concerned to the importance of eradicating stereotypes and violence, and to promote good relations among all members of society.