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The European Year of Equal Opportunities for All—2007: Is the EU Moving Away From a Formal Idea of Equality?

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This article will argue that a shift appears to be taking place in the language used within the EU when discussing measures to combat discrimination and to promote equality and equal treatment. The EU appears to be moving from a more formal to a more substantial notion of equality and the need to tackle deep-rooted patterns of inequality experienced by some groups is recognised. But is this move in the language reflected in the measures taken against discrimination or is it just a change in rhetoric?

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0386.2007.00409.x

Affiliations: Member of the Centre for Legal Research, Middlesex University Business School.

Publication date: March 1, 2008

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