EU Council approves guidelines on non-discrimination in external action
Reaffirming its commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions approving EU human rights guidelines for non-discrimination in external action. The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights already prohibits any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, color, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or other opinions, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age, or sexual orientation. The Council's adoption of the EU Human Rights Guidelines on Non-Discrimination in External Action acknowledges that existing charter and pledges to use it and other guidelines in support of a rights-based approach to development cooperation. The EU and its member states are responsible for guideline implementation.