Select Committee on European Union Ninth Report



Article 13

Compliance with the directive

Member States shall take the necessary measures to ensure that:

    (a) any laws, regulations and administrative provisions contrary to the principle of equal treatment shall be abolished.

    (b) any provisions contrary to the principle of equal treatment which are included in collective agreements, individual contracts of employment, internal rules of undertakings or rules governing the independent occupations and professions and workers' and employers' organisations, shall be declared null and void or shall be amended.

Article 14


Member States shall provide for adequate sanctions in the event of infringement of national provisions made in implementation of this Directive and shall take all necessary steps to ensure that they are enforced. These sanctions must be effective, proportionate and dissuasive.

Article 15


1. Member States shall adopt the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive within two years of its adoption. They shall forthwith inform the Commission thereof.

2. When Member States adopt these provisions, these shall include a reference to this Directive or be accompanied by such a reference on the occasion of their official publication. The methods of making such reference shall be laid down by Member States.

3. The Member States shall communicate to the Commission, within two years of the entry into force of this Directive, all the information necessary for the Commission to draw up a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the application of this Directive.

Article 16


This Directive is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels,

For the Council
The President

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