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May 12, 2021

Romania, mentioned in an EC report on sex discrimination

The states of the EU must do more to enforce the norms of the European Union aimed at countering discrimination, reads a report released Friday by the EC, in which Romania is mentioned at the chapter on sex discrimination, following the case ACCEPT-Becali, which was also in the attention of the EU Court of Justice in 2013. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) analysed the case generated by the statement made by George Becali in 2010, when the owner of the Steaua football club said that he would not take a homosexual in the team. The case reached the European court after the Bucharest Court of Appeals, which tried the lawsuit filed by the ACCEPT Association in relation to Gigi Becali’s statements, addressed several questions to the Luxembourg-based court. On April 25, CJEU ruled that FC Steaua can be compelled to prove that it does not have a discriminatory recruitment policy based on sexual orientation. Romania is also mentioned at the chapter on racial and ethnic discrimination, for indirect discrimination. The new rules referring to street commerce in Bucharest had a negative impact on traders, especially of Roma ethnicity, because they removed from the market not only those which did not meet legal conditions, but also those who had all proper documents.

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