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Annual General Meeting 2015

The General Assembly of Equinet Members met in Brussels on 9 October for the 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM). The 2015 AGM saw the election of a new Executive Board and the unanimous ratification of three new membership applications, as well as the Workplan for 2016.

Overview

The AGM took place in Brussels on Friday 9 October 2015, and brought together heads and senior management representatives from all Equinet member national equality bodies. The 2015 AGM saw the election of a new Executive Board and the unanimous ratification of three new membership applications and the adoption of the 2016 Workplan.

We were also privileged to welcome external experts and representatives from EU Institutions and key stakeholders to share their input on important developments in the field of equality at a European level and engage with equality bodies on these key priorities. These included:

  • Salla Saastaimonen, Director for Equality, European Commission DG Justice
  • Jenny R. Yang, Chair, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Watch her speech here)
  • Andreas Stein, Head of Unit Equality legislation, European Commission DG Justice
  • Christian Åhlund, Chair of European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Council of Europe
  • John Morijn, Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU

External speakers: S, Saastaimonen, J. Yang, A. Stein, C. Åhlund, J. Morijn
External speakers: S, Saastaimonen, J. Yang, A. Stein, C. Åhlund, J. Morijn


Agenda

The agenda of the AGM can be found below:
Final Agenda Equinet AGM 2015

General Assembly Vote

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The following items were submitted to the vote of the General Assembly and they all were unanimously adopted by represented Equinet Members:

Equinet Membership Applications

Equinet Work Plan 2016

Equinet Accounts 2014

Minutes of the Equinet AGM 2014

Equinet AGM Minutes 2014
AGM 2014 Minutes – Annex 2 – Financial Report
AGM 2014 Minutes Annex 2 – Presentation Strategic Plan/Work Plan 2015
AGM 2014 Minutes – Annex 4 – EU priorities on equality and non-discrimination and the contribution of equality bodies

Please click on each item to download the related documents.

Executive Board Elections

During the AGM, elections were held to appoint the new Equinet Executive Board (2015 – 2017), which is composed of the following members:

  • Evelyn COLLINS, Chief Executive, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland
  • Kosana BEKER, Assistant to the Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Serbia
  • Sarah BENICHOU, Head of ‘Access to Rights and Discriminations’ Unit, Defender of Rights, France
  • Anna BŁASZCZAK, Deputy Director of the Department of Equal Treatment and Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Human Rights Defender, Poland
  • Patrick CHARLIER, Acting Director, Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities, Belgium
  • Sandra KONSTATZKY, Deputy Director, Ombud for Equal Treatment, Austria
  • Elisabeth LIER HAUGSETH, Deputy Ombud, The Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud, Norway
  • Kalliopi LYKOVARDI, Coordinator of Anti-Discrimination Unit, Greek Ombudsman, Greece
  • Petr POLAK, Head of the Division of Equal Treatment, Public Defender of Rights, Czech Republic

The first meeting of this new board took place after the AGM and chose Evelyn Collins (Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland) as the Executive Board Chair 2015-2017.

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)


Venue

The Equinet AGM was held at the Thon Hotel EU – Rue de la Loi 75, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium.

Presentations

Some presentations were held throughout the day, as follows:

Photographs

For additional photographs of the event, please see the photos section of our website or click here.

Equinet Annual General Meeting 2015

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