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External publications

FRA publishes two new reports on the rights of people with disabilities

[/ The reports capture the experiences of exclusion and discrimination of people with intellectual disabilities or mental health problems that still persist despite the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by the EU and 20 Member States. /]

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External publications

EC publishes report on Discrimination against Trans and Intersex People

[/ The European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-Discrimination Field has launched a thematic report on discrimination against trans and intersex people on the grounds of sex, gender identity and gender expression./]

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Governance

Equinet Governance

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Equinet is a network of national equality bodies. The main decisions concerning the general direction of the network are taken by the General Assembly of Members. This assembly is made up of all the members of the network and is convened at least once a year for an Annual General Meeting (AGM). The General Assembly has the power, amongst others, to approve new members and, following a nomination process by members, to vote for representatives on the Executive Board. It takes decisions on the strategic direction of the network, is entitled to amend the statutes of the organisation and approves the annual work programmes, budgets and accounts.

During the course of the year management and administration of the network is delegated to the Executive Board. This Board is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the AGM’s decisions, as well as the management and administration of the network throughout the year. The Board devises the strategy for implementing the strategic plan and the work plan of the network, ensures that the means are in place to guarantee the effectiveness and sustainability of the network and acts in the best interest of the network and its members throughout the year.

The Board commissions an external evaluation of the work of Equinet in the final quarter of each year to ensure that activities are meeting the needs of Equinet members and achieving the goals established under the organisation’s current Strategic Plan (2011-2014).

All of the Executive Board members, the Board advisor and the treasurer execute their tasks pro bono.

Read more about the:
Executive Board
Board Meetings and Minutes
Annual General Meetings
Equinet Statutes
External Evaluation of Equinet
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Statutes

Statutes

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The Equinet Statutes are the organisation’s “constitution”, containing all the rules and procedures governing its work.
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Executive Board Meetings

Board Meetings and Minutes


2017

16 March 2017 – First Meeting
AGENDA: 16 March 2017 I Board Meeting
MINUTES: 16 March 2017 I Board Meeting

2016

4 March 2016 – First Meeting
AGENDA: 4 March 2016 I Board Meeting
MINUTES: 4 March 2016 I Board Meeting

15 June 2016 – Second Meeting
AGENDA: 15 June 2016 II Board Meeting
MINUTES: 15 June 2016 II Board Meeting

8 September 2016 – Third Meeting
AGENDA: 8 September 2016 III Board Meeting
MINUTES: 8 September 2016 III Board Meeting

8 December 2016 – Fourth Meeting
AGENDA: 8 December 2016 IV Board Meeting
MINUTES: 8 December 2016 Board Meeting IV

2015

22 January 2015 – First Meeting
AGENDA: 22 January 2015 I Board Meeting
MINUTES: 22 January 2015 I Board Meeting

30 April 2015 – Second Meeting
AGENDA: 30 April 2015 II Board Meeting
MINUTES: 30 April 2015 II Board Meeting

17 September 2015 – Third Meeting
AGENDA: 17 September 2015 III Board Meeting
MINUTES: 17 September 2015 III Board Meeting

9 October 2015 – Fourth Meeting – NEW BOARD
AGENDA: 9 October 2015 IV Board Meeting
MINUTES: 9 October 2015 IV Board Meeting

9 December 2015 – Fifth Meeting
AGENDA: 9 December 2015 V Board Meeting
MINUTES: 9 December 2015 V Board Meeting

2014

28 January 2014 – First Meeting
AGENDA: 28 January 2014 I Board Meeting
MINUTES: 28 January 2014 I Board Meeting




25 April 2014 – Second Meeting
AGENDA: 25 April 2014 II Board Meeting
MINUTES: 25 April 2014 II Board Meeting




18-19 June 2014 – Third Meeting
AGENDA: 18-19 June 2014 III Board Meeting
MINUTES: 18-19 JUNE 2014 III Board Meeting




22 September 2014 – Fourth Meeting
AGENDA: 22 September 2014 IV Board Meeting
MINUTES: 22 September 2014 IV Board Meeting




15 October 2014 – Fifth Meeting
AGENDA: 15 October 2014 V Board Meeting
MINUTES: 15 October 2014 V Board Meeting



2013

19-20 March 2013 – First Meeting [[Note: the first meeting of the Equinet Executive Board, scheduled for 21 January, had to be cancelled due to bad weather conditions impeding most Board members to travel.]]
MINUTES: 19-20 March 2013 I Board MeetingAGENDA: 19-20 March 2013 I Board Meeting




15 May 2013 – Second Meeting
MINUTES: 15 May 2013 II Board MeetingAGENDA: 15 May 2013 II Board Meeting




19-20 September 2013 – Third Meeting
MINUTES: 19-20 September 2013 III Board MeetingAGENDA: 19-20 September 2013 III Board Meeting




28 November 2013 – Fourth Meeting – NEW BOARD
AGENDA: 28 November 2013 V Board Meeting (NEW BOARD)MINUTES: 28 November 2013 V Board Meeting (NEW BOARD)



2012

23 January 2012 – First Meeting
AGENDA: 23 January 2012 II Board Meeting
MINUTES: 23 January 2012 I Board Meeting




27 March 2012 – Second Meeting
AGENDA: 27 March 2012 II Board MeetingMINUTES: 27 March 2012 II Board Meeting




24-25 May 2012 – Third Meeting
AGENDA: 24&25 May 2012 III Board MeetingMINUTES – 24-25 May 2012 III Board Meeting




27-28 September 2012 – Fourth Meeting
AGENDA: 27-28 September 2012 IV Board MeetingMinutes: 27 & 28 September 2012 IV Board Meeting




4 December 2012 – Fifth Meeting
AGENDA: 4 December 2012 V Board MeetingMINUTES: 4 December 2012 V Board Meeting



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Equality Bodies

ECNI launches Equality Awareness Survey findings for Northern Ireland

On 13 June 2012 the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) launched its latest Equality Awareness Survey findings which shed light on public attitudes towards equality and discrimination in Northern Ireland.

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Executive Board

Executive Board 2015-2017

[/The current Members of the Equinet Executive Board for the 2015-2017 period are:

Evelyn Collins (Chair)

Evelyn COLLINS (Chair)

Chief Executive
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland

ecollins@equalityni.org

Sarah Benichou

Sarah BENICHOU

Head of Unit Access to Rights and Discrimination
Defender of Rights, France

sarah.benichou@defenseurdesdroits.fr

Anna BŁASZCZAK

Anna BŁASZCZAK

Deputy Director of the Constitutional and International Law Department,
Commissioner for Human Rights, Poland

a.blaszczak@brpo.gov.pl

Patrick Charlier (Treasurer)

Patrick CHARLIER (Treasurer)

Co-Director
Unia (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities), Belgium

Patrick.Charlier@unia.be

Sandra KONSTATZKY

Sandra KONSTATZKY

Deputy Director
Ombud for Equal Treatment, Austria

sandra.konstatzky@bka.gv.at

Kalliopi LYKOVARDI

Kalliopi LYKOVARDI

Deputy Ombudsman for Equal Treatment
Greek Ombudsman, Greece

lykovardi@synigoros.gr

Kirsi PIMIÄ

Kirsi PIMIÄ

Non-Discrimination Ombudsman
Non-Discrimination Ombudsman, Finland – since January 2017

kirsi.pimia@oikeus.fi

Petr POLAK

Petr POLAK

Head of the Division of Equal Treatment
Public Defender of Rights, Czech Republic

petr.polak@ochrance.cz

Tena ŠIMONOVIĆ EINWALTER

Tena ŠIMONOVIĆ EINWALTER

Deputy Ombudswoman
Office of the Ombudswoman, Croatia – since January 2017

tena.simonovic.einwalter@ombudsman.hr

Former Board Members for the 2015-2016 period:

  • Kosana BEKER, Assistant to the Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Serbia (resigned in December, 2016)
  • Elisabeth LIER HAUGSETH, Head of Law Enforcement Department, The Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud, Norway (resigned in October, 2016)
Equinet Executive Board 2015-2017 (taken Oct. 2015): K. Beker, P. Charlier, E. Collins, E. Lier Haugseth, S. Konstatzky, K. Lykovardi, P. Polak, A. Blaszczak (missing S. Benichou)
Equinet Executive Board 2015-2017 (taken Oct. 2015): K. Beker, P. Charlier, E. Collins, E. Lier Haugseth, S. Konstatzky, K. Lykovardi, P. Polak, A. Blaszczak (missing S. Benichou)


Equinet Executive Board 2015-2017 (taken Sep. 2017): P. Polak, E. Collins, K. Lykovardi, K. Pimiä, P. Charlier, S. Benichou, Tena S. E., S. Konstatzky, (missing A. Blaszczak)
Equinet Executive Board 2015-2017 (taken Sep. 2017): P. Polak, E. Collins, K. Lykovardi, K. Pimiä, P. Charlier, S. Benichou, Tena S. E., S. Konstatzky, (missing A. Blaszczak)


All of the Executive Board members and the Treasurer execute their tasks pro bono.

The Executive Board operates on the basis of the workplan and budget agreed by the Equinet members and discusses and takes decisions on the management and operational structure for the period of their mandate.

Illustration of Equinet Governance
Illustration of Equinet Governance



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Have you been treated unfairly?

Have you been treated unfairly?

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Equinet is a European network, supporting and assisting national equality bodies in Europe, but lacks any competence or power to investigate or in any other way deal with individual cases of discrimination.

If you consider that you have been a victim or a witness of an act of discrimination we would suggest that you contact the National Equality Body in your country of residence. EU anti-discrimination legislation provides that each Member State shall have (at least) one such equality body with the power to, among other, give independent assistance to victims of discrimination. The equality bodies are specialised authorities whose staff are trained and experienced to handle cases of discrimination.

The possibilities of each equality body to help victims depend on the national legislation of each State, but they can include, for instance:

  • Providing legal advice and consultation;
  • Assisting or representing victims of discrimination in Court;
  • Mediating or negotiating settlements between the alleged perpetrator and the victim to find solutions which are acceptable to both parties without going to Court;
  • Bringing cases to Court in their own name, including in absence of an identifiable victim (for instance in the case of a discriminatory employment advertisement);
  • In some countries the national equality body acts as a court itself, with the power to adopt legally binding decisions regarding individual cases of discrimination.

The national equality body of your State of residence is therefore best adapted to handle individual cases of discrimination and the most likely to be able to help you, or to redirect you.

EQUINET is a network regrouping these national equality bodies, and you will find all necessary contact information for them here./]

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Current Policy Initiatives

Current policy initiatives

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**For Diversity Against Discrimination

This European Commission information campaign works to raise awareness of discrimination, promote diversity and increase understanding of EU anti-discrimination legislation. It is active in all Member States through different projects aimed at the general public as well as stakeholders such as employers and people working in the field of equality. The campaign focuses on the five grounds of discrimination covered by the Framework employment directive (age, disability, sexual orientation and religion or belief) and the Race and ethnic origin directive.

**European Year of active ageing and solidarity between generations 2012

2012 has been proclaimed European year of active ageing and solidarity between generations, aiming at raising awareness that older people can make important contributions to society, whether at home, at work or in the community. It also intends to encourage policymakers and other stakeholders to take action at all levels, creating better opportunities for active ageing and strengthening solidarity between the generations.

**European Disability Strategy 2010-2020

The European disability strategy is a framework adopted by the European Commission in 2010, with the main purpose to enable people with disabilities to fully enjoy their rights. The strategy covers three main priorities: finding and keeping jobs; education for all and living independently, with the long-term focus of empowering people with disabilities, enabling them to participate fully in society and improve their quality of life, removing the barriers they encounter in their everyday lives.

**European Strategy for Equality between Women and Men 2010-2015

The European Commission adopted its five-year framework for gender equality in 2010, with the aim to support the promotion of gender equality in the implementation of all aspects and flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy. This framework defines a series of actions to be taken by the Commission around five main priorities: equal economic independence; equal pay; equality in decision-making; tackling gender violence and promoting equality beyond the EU.

**An EU Framework for National Roma Integration strategies up to 2020

In April 2011 the European Commission adopted a communication on a framework for national Roma integration strategies, encouraging each Member States, in proportion to the size of its Roma population, to adopt or further develop a comprehensive approach to Roma integration, endorsing a certain number of specific goals. These goals are set around four priority areas: access to education, employment, healthcare and housing. In May 2012 the Commission adopted a communication assessing the national strategies adopted and implemented so far.

**Surveys on Equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Persons

Between 2011 and 2013 the EU Fundamental Rights Agency will launch and publish two surveys regarding equality for LGBT persons, one on discrimination against and victimisation of LGBT people, and the other on public bodies and service providers.

You can access the first ever EU-wide survey on the discrimination experiences of LGBT people, recently launched by the FRA, by clicking here./]

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Policy Framework

Policy Framework



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**Europe 2020 Strategy

Europe 2020 is the EU’s growth strategy for 2010-2020, aiming at making the EU a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy with high levels of productivity, employment and social cohesion. To reach this aim, the EU has set objectives in five areas, in which each Member State has adopted its own national targets: employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy.

In particular in the area of social inclusion, the Europe 2020 strategy includes measures on equality and non-discrimination mainly within the flagship initiatives “An agenda for new skills and jobs” and “A European platform against poverty”.

**PROGRESS (Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity) 2007-2013

The PROGRESS programme was established to support financially the implementation of the objectives of the EU in employment, social inclusion and protection, working conditions, anti-discrimination and gender equality. The programme is a financial instrument supporting the development and coordination of EU policy in these areas, and helps contributing to the establishment of the Europe 2020 Strategy./]