Equinet turns 10 this year! This has been cause for celebration and reflection throughout the year, especially at our anniversary conference, held on Tuesday 10 October.
The General Assembly of Equinet Members met in Brussels, Belgium on 11 October for the 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM), and brought together heads and senior management representatives from all Equinet member national equality bodies.
In 2017, Equinet will celebrate its 10th Anniversary. This calls for celebration! During the past decade, we have grown from a project-based set-up to become the recognised European Network of Equality Bodies, with membership expanding from 7 organisations and countries in 2007 to 46 national equality bodies in 34 European countries including all EU Member States today.
Aligned with our Anniversary Conference ‘Together for an Equal Europe’ on 10 October, Equinet organised the AGM on 11 October, coupled with the Equinet Board Elections on the same day. Equinet’s General Assembly meets once a year to vote on important decisions for the network. Additionally, members are also informed about important developments within the network.
In observance of the Equinet Statutes, the Chair of the Equinet Executive Board called upon all Members of Equinet to nominate their representative(s) to the AGM, the highest decision-making forum of the network. The meeting was conducted in English.
The following items were submitted to the vote of the General Assembly, and all were unanimously accepted:
- Equinet Work Plan 2018
- Equinet AGM 2016 minutes and Annex 2
- Equinet 2016 Accounts
- Proposed amendment to the Equinet Statutes
The AGM and the Board Elections were held at The Square, Mont des Arts, Brussels, Belgium. For more information, please click on the image below to download the draft agenda.
The presentation delivered during the session 1 of the AGM is available here:
The presentation delivered during the session 2 of the AGM is available here:
2017 Board Elections
During the AGM, elections were held to appoint the new Equinet Executive Board for a two year mandate (October 2017 – AGM end 2019).
The new board, as outlined below, will be chaired by Tena Šimonović Einwalter, Deputy Ombudswoman, Office of the Ombudswoman, Croatia.
- Tena Šimonović Einwalter, Deputy Ombudswoman
Office of the Ombudswoman, Croatia (Chair) – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Laurence Bond, Director, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), Ireland – email@example.com
- Patrick Charlier, Co-Director, Unia (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities), Belgium
- Valérie Fontaine, Advisor for partnerships and public relations
Defender of Rights, France – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sandra Konstatzky, Deputy Director, Ombud for Equal Treatment, Austria – email@example.com
- Kalliopi Lykovardi, Deputy Ombudsman for Equal Treatment, Greek Ombudsman, Greece – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kirsi Pimiä, Non-Discrimination Ombudsman, Non-Discrimination Ombudsman, Finland – email@example.com
- Petr Polák, Head of the Division of Equal Treatment, Public Defender of Rights, Czech Republic – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sylwia Spurek, Deputy Human Rights Commissioner (responsible for equal treatment issues), Commissioner for Human Rights, Poland – email@example.com
Travel & accommodation costs
Pursuant to the decision of the Equinet AGM in 2009 and considering Equinet budgetary limitations, the costs relating to Member representatives’ participation in the Equinet AGM will not be covered from the Equinet budget. Member organisations are expected to arrange and cover the cost of their own travel and accommodation.
Equinet will prepay the rooms and seek reimbursement from Members after the events.