The EU Disability Discrimination project sought to build a framework for the implementation of the disability aspects of the EU Directive for Equal Treatment in Employment and Occupation (EU Directive 2000/78/EC) through the development and delivery of training programs for NGOs in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania and Romania.
The project has brought together a group of legal trainers from the United Kingdom and other European countries, to work with disability NGOs in candidate countries on legal strategies for defending and representing the rights of disabled people in the employment sector in those countries, using EU Directive 2000/78/EC as the training framework. The project thereby acknowledged the importance of the acquis communitaire requirement that candidate countries must transpose EU Directives into their domestic laws as a condition of full EU membership.
The project was supported by the European Community Action Program to Combat Discrimination (2001 – 2006), which was established to support the effective implementation of new EU anti-discrimination legislation. It targetted stakeholders who shape the development of appropriate and effective anti-discrimination legislation and policies, across the EU-25, EFTA and EU candidate countries.