How European Union is active about inclusion



Between 1975 and 1994, the European Economic Community initiated programs to combat poverty and exclusion. The Amsterdam Treaty in 1999 marked a turning point, making social inclusion a core objective.


The Lisbon Strategy of 2000 set goals, measured poverty, and established national action plans. The Open Method of Coordination was introduced, fostering voluntary political cooperation


In 2010, Europa 2020 aimed to reduce poverty by 25%, but the goal wasn’t met. March 2021 saw a renewed target within the European Pillar of Social Rights, aiming to lift 15 million people, including 5 million children, out of poverty by 2030.


The EU committed to social inclusion with the European Pillar of Social Rights. Explore how it led to impactful legislation like transparent work conditions, social fairness, and the directive on adequate minimum wages.



From the European Labour Authority to regulations on transparent work conditions, the EU has been proactive. The 2022 directive on adequate minimum wages targets poverty.



2023 introduces new initiatives like the European Child Guarantee and strategies for homelessness. The EU envisions an inclusive future for all citizens. Together, let’s make it a reality!



One of the main action implemented by the EU to fight Social Exclusion is the European Pillar of Social Rights, which explains what every European Union country should do to make sure everyone gets a good job, and other rights. Check with us the 20 principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights.


  • Education, training and life-long learning
  • Equal treatment between women and men
  • Equal opportunities
  • Help to get a job
  • Work that is flexible and lasts for a long time
  • Pay
  • Clear information about your job
  • Listening to workers
  • Work-life and home-life
  • Health and Safety
  • Childcare and support to children
  • Protection from being very poor
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Help for people who don’t have enough money
  • Old age pensions
  • Healthcare
  • Inclusion for people with disabilities
  • Long-term care
  • Housing
  • Basic services (i.e. water, electricity, internet, etc)

Online Hate Speech and Discrimination

In the digital age, the EU is fighting discrimination through legislation like the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). At the same time, IT companies have been involved through the Code of Conduct on Countering Illegal Hate Speech Online, another EU’s undertaking to fostering a safe online environment.

Artificial Intelligence and Bias

As technology evolves, so does the EU’s commitment against discrimination. Proposed regulations on artificial intelligence aim to address biases, ensuring that technological advancements align with the EU’s principles of equality and justice.

Global Impact

The EU’s efforts in combating discrimination extend beyond its borders. By setting standards and regulations, the EU influences global conversations on digital ethics, advocating for an internet that values diversity and rejects discrimination.

Connecting Through Technology

Technology has the power to connect people globally. By addressing online discrimination and bias in emerging technologies, the EU envisions a digital landscape that is inclusive, respectful, and free from prejudice.

Securing an Inclusive Digital Future

In the digital realm, the EU’s vision is clear and aims to secure an inclusive digital future where everyone, regardless of background, can participate and thrive. Through strategic measures, the EU continues to lead in shaping a digital landscape that reflects its commitment to equality.

Enforcing Anti-Discrimination Laws in the EU

The EU has strong laws against discrimination, but there are challenges in making sure these laws are followed in all member states. To tackle this, it’s important to improve how these laws are put into action and make more people aware of them.

Understanding Different Forms of Discrimination

It’s crucial for the EU to recognize that discrimination often involves multiple factors. They should keep using a comprehensive approach that deals with how different types of discrimination are connected, making sure nobody is left out.

Education to Fight Discrimination

Education is a powerful tool to fight discrimination. Promoting inclusive education and teaching about diversity and inclusion early on can make a big difference in creating a society that is more open-minded and accepting.

Working Together for a Discrimination-Free Future

As the EU faces new challenges, the goal remains the same — a future where discrimination is not tolerated. By learning from challenges and adjusting strategies, the EU is constantly working towards equality and justice for everyone.

United for Equality

In conclusion, fighting discrimination in the EU is a team effort. By recognizing challenges, embracing diversity, and promoting inclusion, the EU aims for a future where every person is treated with dignity and respect. Together, we strive for a more equal and fair society.

EU’s Pledge to Equality

The EU’s commitment to fighting discrimination began with foundational treaties, establishing a legal framework that strongly supports equality. From the Treaty of Rome to the Charter of Fundamental Rights, each document reflects a steadfast dedication to tackling discrimination in all its forms.

Key Legislation Foundations

In 1997, the Amsterdam Treaty marked a significant moment by introducing Article 13, providing a legal foundation to address discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, and sexual orientation. These legal advancements lay the groundwork for the EU’s ongoing battle against discrimination.

Charter of Fundamental Rights

Established in 2000, the Charter prioritizes fundamental rights, including the right to non-discrimination. Serving as a guiding principle, it ensures that equality remains a fundamental value and principle within the EU.

Embracing Equality in All Dimensions

From gender and race to disability and LGBTQ+ rights, the EU’s legal framework comprehensively addresses discrimination. Legislation such as the Gender Equality Recast Directive (2006) and the Race Equality Recast Directive (2008) exemplify the EU’s commitment to fostering an inclusive society.

Empowering Through Workplace Legislation

The EU’s legal tools extend into the workplace with directives like the Equal Pay Directive (1975), promoting equal pay for equal work. Through these legal mechanisms, the EU strives to create an environment where discrimination has no room to thrive.

Connecting Through Opportunity

You probably have heard about Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps. These European programs are not just about education and volunteering; they are pathways to social inclusion, fostering connections that bridge gaps and build a more united Europe.

Erasmus+: Power from Diversity

Erasmus+ program opens doors to inclusive learning experiences, promoting diversity, and breaking down barriers. Through international mobilities and cooperation, Erasmus+ creates a more inclusive educational landscape for youngsters, youth workers and students of all backgrounds.

European Solidarity Corps: Shaping reality

European Solidarity Corps is the European program where volunteering becomes a force for social change. This program empowers young people to contribute to community projects, fostering solidarity and promoting social inclusion on a grassroots level. Through volunteer projects addressing societal challenges, the Corps empowers young people to become catalysts for positive change, fostering inclusivity and understanding both abroad or in their communities.

Be Part of the Change

It’s your turn to make a difference! Join the movement for social inclusion through Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps. Whether you’re a student, educator, or young person eager to volunteer, these programs offer a unique chance to contribute to a more inclusive and united Europe. Let’s shape a brighter future together!



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