In 2016, a new Protection from Discrimination Act entered into force in Slovenia, thus resulting in the Advocate of the Principle of Equality developing into an autonomous state body. This recent evolution brings about the potential to improve and increase the protection of persons at risk of discrimination in Slovenia, together with the opportunity to create a truly independent and effective equality body.
However, in light of the previous chronic lack of funding, these legislative changes need to be accompanied by a guarantee of adequate additional human and financial resources in order to seize this opportunity and enable the Advocate of the Principle of Equality to fulfill its full potential.
Equinet published its Working paper on Developing Standards for Equality Bodies in 2016, laying out the standards concerning inter alia the independence, effectiveness, powers and resources of equality bodies.
With these standards in mind, Equinet wishes to support and encourage the Slovenian Government in ensuring an equality body which operates independently and effectively to tackle discrimination and promote equality at national and local levels.
The European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination has extensive information on legal developments in Slovenia. See here.
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