In defining and implementing its policies and activities, the EU aims to combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age and sexual orientation (Article 10 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union). In some of these areas, it is already possible to gauge from statistics if and how far equality has been achieved, but for others information is still to be developed. There are two main strands of equality indicators published by Eurostat – those relating to gender issues and those relating to age issues.
- highlights indicators related to specific policy priorities.
- identifies progress made thanks to EU initiatives.
Of the six types of discrimination referred to in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (Article 10), gender equality and age equality are those for which we have enough data to create equality indicators.
- illustrate the situation of different age groups in areas such as education, labour market, earnings and social inclusion, health and use of information technology.
- present a selection of Eurostat's data by age group.
- identify age discrimination as the form of inequality of which the most respondents have personal experience (Discrimination in the EU – Eurobarometer report 2008).
- have been selected to identify age discrimination against younger or older people.
Promoting gender equality – what the EU is doing
Tackling discrimination – what the EU is doing
Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (Article 19)