The European Commission has announced it will bring forward an all inclusive anti-discrimination Directive. The European Commission had made a significant decision to bring forward a horizontal Directive combating discrimination in access to services and goods on grounds of disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief and age. The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights congratulated the Commission on the right decision, which will end the hierarchy of discrimination in Europe and protect all European citizens equally. "We thank all those who have been involved in the campaign for an all inclusive non-discrimination Directive", said Michael Cashman, President of the Intergroup. "We congratulate the Commission and in particular Commissioner Spidla and President Barroso on doing the right thing. As ever the details of the proposal will be keenly awaited and scrutinised. And we will work with the Council and Commission to achieve our goal of making Europe a brighter, fairer, equal place to work and to live."