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European Commission against Racism and Intolerance highlights the role of equality bodies in new reports

On 16 May 2017 the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published two country reports and four conclusions on the implementation of previous recommendations. In their publications, ECRI pays special attention to the need for independent equality bodies with sufficient resources and powers.

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External publications

Social mobility in the EU

EU citizens are increasingly concerned that – for the first time in decades – today’s young people will have fewer opportunities for upward social mobility than their parents’ generation. These concerns have reduced the sense of trust in the fabric of European societies; in response, policymakers are giving higher priority to measures aimed at combating social inequality. This research report, written by Eurofound – the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions – is the first to examine patterns of social mobility across all 28 Member States.

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Meet the National Equality Bodies (#MeetNEBs)

Belgium: Unia

Our colleagues at Unia (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities) are the next members to take over the Equinet Twitter account (@equineteurope) as part of our #MeetNEBs campaign.

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Members' Publications

Hungary: The use of other situation as a protected characteristic

The enumeration of protected characteristics in the law is open-ended, the last one mentioned is „other situation, characteristic or feature” in Section 8 (t). This does not imply, however, that the law affords protection based on any characteristic or situation that might conceivably apply to an individual, for that would render the regulation meaningless. The range of characteristics and situations protected under this concept must be similar to the explicitly listed characteristics in the law.

This publication by the Equal Treatment Authority outlines the concept of other situation and its appearance and interpretation in the Authority’s application of the law.

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Equality Bodies

Celebrating 25 years of the Croatian Ombudsman institution

The Ombudsman institution was introduced in the Croatian legal system at the very beginning of the country’s independence, by the 1990 Constitution. However, further requirements for the beginning of its work were met two years later, by entering into force of the Ombudsman’s Act.

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Europe

EU to join international convention combating violence against women

On 11 May 2017, the Council of the European Union adopted two decisions on the signing of the Council of Europe Convention (Istanbul Convention) on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. Equinet warmly welcomes this decision.

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Equinet

Equinet meets with European stakeholders

Equinet Chair Evelyn Collins met with a number of European stakeholders recently in order to update them on our work and discuss common areas of interest.

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Meet the National Equality Bodies (#MeetNEBs)

Hungary: Equal Treatment Authority

Our colleagues at the Equal Treatment Authority in Hungary are the next members to take over the Equinet Twitter account (@equineteurope) as part of our #MeetNEBs campaign.

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Members' Publications

Czech Republic: Summary Report on Protection Against Discrimination 2016

This Report deals with the 2016 activities of the Czech Public Defender of Rights, as the national equality body. Apart from its national engagements, it has a focus on standards for equality bodies, and highlights its rich participation in the Equinet network.

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External publications

Pay transparency in the EU: A legal analysis of the situation in the EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway

The European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination has published a new thematic report titled Pay transparency in the EU. The report is authored by Albertine Veldman, researcher and lecturer at Utrecht University in European labour law, equality law and social law.