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Annual Activity Report from the CoE Commissioner for Human Rights

In his first annual report Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe presented his findings on the human rights situation after his country visits, meetings with authorities and discussions with NGO representatives during 2012.

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News

CJEU decides on the issue of different retirement age between female and male farmers

The Court of Justice of the EU decides that different treatment regarding retirement age between female and male farmers cannot be justified as EU law precludes that comparable situations be treated differently without objective justification.

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Europe

CJEU clarifies the concept of disability

The Court of Justice of the EU explains the concept of disability and decides that a reduction in working hours may be regarded as a reasonable accommodation measure

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External publications

ENAR report on cost of neglecting positive contributions of migrants & ethnic minorities

A new publication by ENAR about the real cost of neglecting the positive contribution of migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe

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External publications

Report from German NHRI on How NHRIs can Strengthen NGOs in Combating Discrimination

The latest publication of the German Institute for Human Rights, presenting the project “Non-Discrimination: Competencies of Associations”

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What are equality bodies?

What are equality bodies?



[/Equality bodies are independent organisations assisting victims of discrimination, monitoring and reporting on discrimination issues, and promoting equality. They are legally required to promote equality and combat discrimination in relation to one, some, or all of the grounds of discrimination covered by European Union (EU) law – gender, race and ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief and disability.

The EU equal treatment legislation requires Member States to set up an equality body. Most Member States have implemented the Racial Equality Directive (2000/43/EC) and the Gender Equal Treatment Directives (the 2010/41 on self-employed persons, the 2006/54 Recast directive, and the 2004/113 Goods and services directive) either by designating some existing institution or by setting up a new institution to carry out the competences assigned by the new legislation.

However, there are no specific guidelines to Member States on how these bodies should operate. Now, more than ten years after the implementation date of the Racial Equality Directive and the Gender Equal Treatment Directives, a wide variety of practices concerning equality bodies are flourishing in the EU Member States. So far, European anti-discrimination law only requires that equality bodies are set up in the fields of race and ethnic origin and gender. However, many countries have bodies that deal with other grounds of discrimination as well.


Equality bodies are required to provide independent assistance to victims of discrimination. This assistance can involve a range of activities including:

  • providing information about the existence of anti-discrimination laws and about the possibility to take legal action to seek remedy or compensation for an act of discrimination,
  • directing people who experience discrimination to an organisation/institution that could help them;
  • helping people who experience discrimination to come to an amicable settlement/mutual agreement (mediation) with the discriminators and
  • giving legal advice and representation to people who have been discriminated

Equality bodies can also

  • conduct independent surveys on discrimination,
  • publish independent reports and make recommendations on any issue relating to discrimination.

Most equality bodies also promote equal treatment through information campaigns aimed at the general public and by providing support to employers and service providers on good equality practice.


For more information, read the brochure Equality bodies and Equinet promoting equality in Europe.

Click here to contact or read more about an equality body in your country.


If you believe you are a victim of discrimination or unfair treatment, please click here.
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Equality Bodies

Czech equality body sets-up cooperation with NGOs on situation testing

The Public Defender of Rights has concluded a Cooperation Agreement with two Czech non-governmental organizations (Counselling Centre for Citizenship, Civil and Human Rights in Prague and IQ Roma Servis in Brno), by means of which the NGOs will assist the victims of discrimination in acquiring evidence for possible court or administrative proceedings for breaching the prohibition of discrimination.

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Registration form for the 2013 Equinet Legal Seminar (Brussels, 16 May)

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Registrations are now closed.

LATEST UPDATE: EXTERNAL PARTICIPANTS (NON-EQUINET MEMBERS) PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT GIVEN THE HIGH LEVEL OF INTEREST IN THE SEMINAR WE WILL TREAT YOUR REGISTRATION DETAILS ON A FIRST COME-FIRST SERVED BASIS. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IN DUE TIME IF YOUR REGISTRATION HAS BEEN ACCEPTED OR NOT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

External participants (non-Equinet members)

External participants are expected to cover and arrange their accommodation and travel plans. If you would like to find the most affordable flights to Brussels, we suggest using basic search engines like www.skyscanner.net or www.amadeus.net.

Staff members of Equinet member-organisations

Equinet will arrange a group reservation at a hotel in Brussels for participants coming from Equinet members. However, Equinet is only able to finance the participation of around 45 persons coming from its Member Organisations. Due to the expected high demand for this seminar, Equinet will be able to immediately confirm the participation of only one representative per Member Organisation. Any subsequent candidate participant from a same organisation will be put on a waiting list until 30 April 2013, in order to allow enough time for each member organisation to decide whether or not to send a representative to the seminar. After that deadline, remaining seats will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis following the chronological order of registration. Member organisations interested in delegating more representatives to the event at their own costs are invited to contact the Secretariat.

Due to Equinet’s budgetary constraints, we encourage you to book your flight or train tickets at your earliest convenience in order to avoid any overpriced tickets. If you would like to find the most affordable flights to Brussels, we suggest using basic search engines like www.skyscanner.net or www.amadeus.net. Equinet will reimburse participants’ flights up to a maximum of 300 EUR, unless prior booking authorization has been granted by the Equinet Secretariat for a more expensive ticket. If you are unable to find a flight cheaper than 300 EUR, please contact the Equinet Secretariat and we will try to assist you. Reimbursements are only possible when an original Equinet reimbursement form (which you will receive shortly after the seminar) has been correctly filled in and sent to the Equinet Secretariat. ORIGINAL expenses proofs (receipts, invoices…) and Boarding pass stubs (both ways) have to be attached to the reimbursement form for the expenses to be taken into account. Any undocumented expense will be disregarded.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
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