Equality Bodies

Hungarian equality body criticizes legal barriers to the employment of persons with disabilities

[/In the Hungarian legal system there is no single definition for “person with disabilities”. Job centres use a broader notion of persons with reduced work capacity, a notion which includes both persons suffering from health problems and persons with disabilities. The support scheme does not provide incentives for employers to employ persons with disabilities. Máté Szabó, Hungarian Commissioner for Fundamental Rights has inquired into the domestic regulation and the employment opportunities of persons with disabilities./]


NEW DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS 16.09 – European Year 2012 Awards Scheme

[/The European Year 2012 Awards aim to recognise the efforts of organisations and individuals in the promotion of active ageing and solidarity between generations.

The new closing date for submissions is September 16th, and nominations can be still presented in five categories:

– Workplaces for all Ages
– Towards Age-Friendly Environments
– Social Entrepreneurs
– Reporting on Ageing and Relations between Generations and
– Life Story Challenge.

All citizens, organisations and enterprises of EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are welcome to participate. The finalists in each category will be invited to the EY2012 Awards Ceremony, which is planned to take place in Brussels in November.

More information can be found in the attached document below:
EY2012 Awards

You can also contact the EY2012 Awards helpdesk directly at]

Member in the Spotlight

Jozef de Witte on the beginnings and opportunities of Equinet

On the occasion of launching its new website, Equinet discussed with Mr. Jozef de Witte, Chair of the Equinet Board and Director of the Belgian Interfederal Centre for Equal
, about the establishment, challenges and opportunities of Equinet.

The Belgian Centre, one of the founding members of Equinet, is a federal public service, independent in the fulfillment of its mission, with around 100 employees and an operating budget of almost 9 million Euros. When it was initially founded in 1993, support to victims of racial discrimination was the central task of the Centre. Through consecutive Acts of Parliament, the Centre’s mandate was extended: it also became competent for issues related to migration, human trafficking, poverty and non-racial discrimination, and denial of the Holocaust.

As of July 2012, the Centre has been appointed as the independent mechanism to fulfil the Belgian obligations of Article 33.2 of the UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Save the date: 14 November 2012 – Conference on the European Quality Framework for Long Term care

[/The conference will address “principles and guidelines for the wellbeing and dignity of older people in need of care and assistance developed by the WeDO project”./]


Reform and gender neutral national statistics

Dear colleagues,

I would like to inquire whether any Member State has had a project in the past to reform national statistics (surveys and administrative databases) in order to render them more gender neutral and to remedy any form of gender bias? Belgium is in the process of doing this, and we would like to learn from the experience of others.

Kind regards,

Hildegard Van Hove

Coördinator genderstatistieken
Instituut voor de gelijkheid van vrouwen en mannen
Institut pour l’égalité des femmes et des hommes
Ernest Blérotstraat 1, 1070 Brussel
0032 (0)2 233 41 71