The 6th Equinet Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 29 and 30 November in Brussels. Click here to read about the new Equinet Executive Board and new Equinet members
The 6th Equinet Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 29 and 30 November in Brussels. Click here to read about the new Equinet Executive Board and new Equinet members.
The 6th Equinet Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 29 and 30 November at the Belgian Comic Strip Centre in Brussels. This key event provided members with the opportunity to hear first-hand the Executive Board’s report on the results and achievements of Equinet during the year 2011, and to take important decisions shaping the future of the network.
At this occasion, voting representatives of member organizations elected a new Equinet Executive Board for a two-year mandate (2011-2013). Following the adoption of new election procedures at the 2010 AGM, the Executive Board is now composed of 9 members. The newly elected Equinet executive board members are listed below:
|Jozef DE WITTE (Chair)||Executive Director, Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism, Belgium|
|Csaba Ferenc ASZTALOS||President, National Council for Combating Discrimination, Romania|
|Evelyn COLLINS||Chief Executive, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom|
|Domenica GHIDEI||Commissioner, Dutch Equal Treatment Commission, The Netherlands|
|Elke LUJANSKY-LAMMER||Head of the Regional Office for Styria, Ombud for Equal Treatment, Austria|
|Julija ŠARTUCH||Adviser on international cooperation and project activities, Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson, Lithuania|
|Tena ŠIMONOVIĆ EINWALTER||Coordinator for the Area of Non-discrimination, Office of the Ombudsman, Croatia|
|Therese SPITERI||Manager, National Commission for the Promotion of Equality, Malta|
|Néphèli YATROPOULOS||Advisor to the Defender on European and International Affairs, Defender of Rights, France|
|Marco BUEMI (Expert at the Italian Office against Racial Discrimination) and Kalliopi LYKOVARDI (Senior Investigator at the Office of the Greek Ombudsman) are Board substitutes.|
On closing the Annual General Meeting, the Equinet members and secretariat have warmly greeted two of the network’s founders who have decided to step down: the former Chair of the Equinet Board, Ms. Mandana Zarrehparvar, and Ms. Ingrid Nikolay-Leitner, both of whom were official board members since Equinet’s inception in 2007. Equinet and its members are grateful for their active involvement and dedication that played a key role in Equinet’s development and recognition as an important European actor in the equal treatment field.
Delegates from member organisations also voted favorably on membership applications from four national equality bodies based in Poland, Portugal and Slovenia. Therefore, Equinet is pleased to welcome the following new members:
|Human Rights Defender (HRD) – Poland|
|Commission for Equality in Labour and Employment (CITE) – Portugal|
|High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue (ACIDI) – Portugal|
|Office for Equal Opportunities (OEO) – Slovenia|
For an overview of Equinet’s membership, please click here
(from left to right: Miroslaw Wroblewski, Director of HRD; Sandra Ribeiro, Director of CITE; Vasco Malta, Legal Advisor at ACIDI; and Bostjan Vernik-Setinc, Advocate of the principle of equality at the OEO)