The Spotlight on Equality Bodies highlights the work of Equinet members across Europe.
Equinet is commissioning a study on the sanctions applied in discrimination cases in Europe and their effects. The study will build on previous research in the field and it will, as a starting point, examine and compare relevant sources of EU and international law and their provisions on sanctions and remedies. This will be complemented by an analysis of trends and good practices in leading case law from international, EU and national courts and national equality bodies. The study will conclude with observations on the effects of the sanctions currently applied in discrimination cases and it will put forward ways in which equality bodies and other actors can contribute to making those sanctions more effective.
An interview with Anne Gaspard, Executive Director of Equinet, with www.diskriminacija.ba (Bosnia and Herzegovina – BiH), highlights that while EU Member States have made significant progress in the fight against discrimination, there are still problems and prejudices which vulnerable groups face. The interview outlines the lessons which authorities and organizations in BiH can learn from European colleagues in the field of combating discrimination and ensuring equal treatment of all groups in society.
The General Assembly of Equinet Members met in Brussels on 4 December 2014 for the 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM).
2015 marks an ambitious new period in the Equinet calendar as we launch the Strategic Plan for 2015 to 2018, which extends and develops the objectives and strategies from the 2011 to 2014 period.
At the Annual General Meeting held on 4th December 2014, the members of Equinet agreed to adopt the plan which emphasises the mission of Equinet as being a network which “promotes equality in Europe through supporting and enabling the work of national equality bodies”. It will do this by supporting “equality bodies to be independent and effective as valuable catalysts for more equal societies”.
The new Strategic Plan has four main objectives:
- Building capacity and peer support of equality bodies
- Contributing to the European Equality Agenda
- Serving as a knowledge and communication hub on equal treatment
- Consolidating the network and the position of its members
Apart from continued capacity-building and consolidation of the network and its members, there is a new focus on contributing more to the European Equality Agenda and establishing Equinet as a knowledge and communication hub on equal treatment.
The Strategic Plan is supported by the 2015 Work Plan which clearly outlines the activities and outputs that are planned for the year and links them to the respective objectives that they aim to meet.
The Equinet Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on the 28th of November 2013 in Brussels and gathered representatives of equality bodies from across Europe to reflect on Equinet’s work over the past year and to discuss and take decisions for the future of the network.
Equinet celebrated its 5th anniversary at the Annual General Meeting that took place on 5th December in Brussels. As a result of the meeting, Equinet gained its 38th member – Commission for the Protection against Discrimination of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and voted in favour of the incorporation of the former gender equality bodies’ network.
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It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the new Equinet website – richer in information, more user-friendly and more interactive.
It features an important section on European equality bodies where visitors can find comprehensive and up-to-date profiles of Equinet members. These profiles allow you to read more about the grounds and fields of discrimination covered by each equality body, as well as their powers, activities, structure and contact details.
The website also provides up-to-date information about European policy/legal developments in the field of equality and non-discrimination, and publicises events and activities initiated by the network and its members.
On the occasion of launching its new website, Equinet discussed with Mr. Jozef de Witte (Chair of the Equinet Board and Director of the Belgian Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism), about the establishment, challenges and opportunities of Equinet. We think it is a frank, interesting and at times amusing interview that we encourage you to read in the Member in the Spotlight section.
Finally, we encourage you to get acquainted with this new website in the best way possible: explore as many sections as you can, open the links, play with the menus and options, and maybe most importantly, let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you for your sustained interest in Equinet – the European Network of Equality Bodies.
The Equinet Secretariat team
The training was organised for Equinet members on 23-24 May 2012 by Equinet in collaboration with the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson in Lithuania.