EP instruments, sources, and resources

5. The dialectics of the decision-making process

5.2. The parliamentary question for written answer

The example of the question by Hugues Bayet, Belgian MEP from the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, presented to the EU Council on January 27th, 2016:

“The proposal for a directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation has been blocked in the Council for too many years.

However, news reports show all too often that discrimination is still very much in evidence and is even on the rise in the European Union.

Could the Council say what initiatives it intends to take in the next six months so that progress can be made with this proposal?”.

The Council answered the question on April 11th, 2016 by stating that the proposal is under discussion, but the duration and outcome of such discussion cannot be predicted.

The answer also references the Council's latest Progress Report on the proposal on November 23rd, 2015.  

Elements for “further discussion” include:

- the general scope of the proposal - some delegations oppose the inclusion of social protection and education;

- aspects related to the division of competences and subsidiarity;

- certainty on the commitments deriving from the approval of the Directive.