The General Assembly of Equinet Members will meet for the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Brussels, Belgium on 7 November, and bring together heads and senior management representatives from all Equinet member and observer national equality bodies.
The General Assembly of Equinet Members met in Brussels on 29-30 September for the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM), bringing together heads and senior management representatives from Equinet member equality bodies.
The AGM saw the unanimous ratification of a new membership application from Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the Workplan for 2017. A particular focus was given to the development of standards for equality bodies, as well as the use of EEA and Norway grants by equality bodies.
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.
The General Assembly of Equinet Members met in Brussels on 4 December 2014 for the 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM 2014 was particularly important as it saw the adoption by Equinet Members of the Equinet Strategic Plan 2015-2018.
[/The Equinet Executive Board commissions an external evaluation of the work of Equinet in the final quarter of each year to ensure that activities are meeting the needs of Equinet members and achieving the goals established under the organisation’s Strategic Plan.
Equinet External Evaluation 2011 ReportEquinet External Evaluation 2012 ReportEquinet External Evaluation 2013 ReportEquinet Exernal Evaluation 2014 ReportEquinet External Evaluation 2015 ReportEquinet External Evaluation 2016 Report/]
Equinet is a network of national equality bodies. The main decisions concerning the general direction of the network are taken by the General Assembly of Members. This assembly is made up of all the members of the network and is convened at least once a year for an Annual General Meeting (AGM). The General Assembly has the power, amongst others, to approve new members and, following a nomination process by members, to vote for representatives on the Executive Board. It takes decisions on the strategic direction of the network, is entitled to amend the statutes of the organisation and approves the annual work programmes, budgets and accounts.
During the course of the year management and administration of the network is delegated to the Executive Board. This Board is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the AGM’s decisions, as well as the management and administration of the network throughout the year. The Board devises the strategy for implementing the strategic plan and the work plan of the network, ensures that the means are in place to guarantee the effectiveness and sustainability of the network and acts in the best interest of the network and its members throughout the year.
The Board commissions an external evaluation of the work of Equinet in the final quarter of each year to ensure that activities are meeting the needs of Equinet members and achieving the goals established under the organisation’s current Strategic Plan (2011-2014).
All of the Executive Board members, the Board advisor and the treasurer execute their tasks pro bono.
The Equinet Statutes are the organisation’s “constitution”, containing all the rules and procedures governing its work.
28 January 2014 – First Meeting
AGENDA: 28 January 2014 I Board Meeting
MINUTES: 28 January 2014 I Board Meeting
25 April 2014 – Second Meeting
AGENDA: 25 April 2014 II Board Meeting
MINUTES: 25 April 2014 II Board Meeting
18-19 June 2014 – Third Meeting
AGENDA: 18-19 June 2014 III Board Meeting
MINUTES: 18-19 JUNE 2014 III Board Meeting
22 September 2014 – Fourth Meeting
AGENDA: 22 September 2014 IV Board Meeting
MINUTES: 22 September 2014 IV Board Meeting
15 October 2014 – Fifth Meeting
AGENDA: 15 October 2014 V Board Meeting
MINUTES: 15 October 2014 V Board Meeting
19-20 March 2013 – First Meeting [[Note: the first meeting of the Equinet Executive Board, scheduled for 21 January, had to be cancelled due to bad weather conditions impeding most Board members to travel.]]
MINUTES: 19-20 March 2013 I Board MeetingAGENDA: 19-20 March 2013 I Board Meeting
15 May 2013 – Second Meeting
MINUTES: 15 May 2013 II Board MeetingAGENDA: 15 May 2013 II Board Meeting
19-20 September 2013 – Third Meeting
MINUTES: 19-20 September 2013 III Board MeetingAGENDA: 19-20 September 2013 III Board Meeting
28 November 2013 – Fourth Meeting – NEW BOARD
AGENDA: 28 November 2013 V Board Meeting (NEW BOARD)MINUTES: 28 November 2013 V Board Meeting (NEW BOARD)
23 January 2012 – First Meeting
AGENDA: 23 January 2012 II Board Meeting
MINUTES: 23 January 2012 I Board Meeting
27 March 2012 – Second Meeting
AGENDA: 27 March 2012 II Board MeetingMINUTES: 27 March 2012 II Board Meeting
24-25 May 2012 – Third Meeting
AGENDA: 24&25 May 2012 III Board MeetingMINUTES – 24-25 May 2012 III Board Meeting
27-28 September 2012 – Fourth Meeting
AGENDA: 27-28 September 2012 IV Board MeetingMinutes: 27 & 28 September 2012 IV Board Meeting
4 December 2012 – Fifth Meeting
AGENDA: 4 December 2012 V Board MeetingMINUTES: 4 December 2012 V Board Meeting
[/The current Members of the Equinet Executive Board for the 2015-2017 period are:
Evelyn COLLINS (Chair)
Head of Unit Access to Rights and Discrimination
Deputy Director of the Constitutional and International Law Department,
Patrick CHARLIER (Treasurer)
Deputy Ombudsman for Equal Treatment
Head of the Division of Equal Treatment
Tena ŠIMONOVIĆ EINWALTER
Former Board Members for the 2015-2016 period:
- Kosana BEKER, Assistant to the Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Serbia (resigned in December, 2016)
- Elisabeth LIER HAUGSETH, Head of Law Enforcement Department, The Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud, Norway (resigned in October, 2016)
All of the Executive Board members and the Treasurer execute their tasks pro bono.
The Executive Board operates on the basis of the workplan and budget agreed by the Equinet members and discusses and takes decisions on the management and operational structure for the period of their mandate.