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Ombudsman to help EU staff, families against discrimination

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Prague, Jan 2 (CTK) – The ombudsman is to help workers from EU countries and their family members to face discrimination they might encounter in the Czech Republic under the government-proposed amendment to the anti-discrimination law passed to parliament.
The amendment reacts to the latest European directives, entrusting the new power to the ombudsman in harmony with an EU demand as it must be executed by an impartial, independent and non-political body.
It sets down that in order to implement the right of free movement of people from EU countries, the ombudsman will provide them with help when submitting complaints about discrimination.
The ombudsman will also publish reports and issue recommendations relating to the questions associated with the observation of the rights of EU citizens.
The bill suggests that the ombudsman’s office will establish seven new jobs over the issue. Three new employees will be in charge of education and research, another three will be drafting analyses and the seventh will be responsible for internal and international cooperation.
Annually, the costs will be increased by about 4.5 million crowns.
The legislation is to be debated by the Chamber of Deputies at one of its next sessions. It is to come into force on May 1.
($1=24.728 crowns)

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