Equinet promotes equality in Europe through supporting and enabling the work of national equality bodies. It supports equality bodies to be independent and effective as valuable catalysts for more equal societies.

Equinet Newsbook

March 2015

New Equinet Publications

Based on our 2014 activities, Equinet has released a number of publications for your perusal.
This Perspective seeks to capture the focus and strategy of the work of equality bodies across different Member States and to communicate learning from this that would be relevant for the further evolution of the European Disability Strategy at this point of review and renewal.
This Perspective seeks to explore and assess the institutional architecture that equality bodies form part of, as they implement their mandates to promote equality and combat discrimination.
This Discussion Paper seeks to document and inform the contribution of equality bodies to achieving the headline targets of the Europe 2020 strategy, enable Equinet to support the contribution of equality bodies, and inform Equinet’s contribution to the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy.
This Report discusses the complex legal issues relating to the application of positive action. It takes into account concrete cases, good practice examples and examples of problematic provisions. 
This Report analyses harassment on the basis of gender and sexual harassment as forms of discrimination and inequality, but also in the framework of gender-based violence and as violation of human rights.
This Equinet Good Practice Guide focuses on the work of equality bodies in making recommendations to policy makers/legislators on general issues of discrimination and equal treatment.
This Good Practice Report presents some examples from equality bodies on strategic planning in order to inspire and inform others.

European Commission

  • The results of the public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth have been made available. Equinet participated in this consultation with a previous version of the Equality Bodies and the Europe 2020 Strategy discussion paper.
  • In five of the EC's European Semester country reports, there are specific references to discrimination on the ground of ethnicity (in the chapters of migrants participation on the labour market): BEDKFRNL and SE.
  • Victims of violence - notably those who have suffered domestic violence or stalking – will be able to guarantee themselves better protection in any EU Member State, as new rules mean that restraining, protection and barring orders issued in one Member State are now quickly and easily recognisable across the EU through simple certification.

European Parliament

  • The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs has released a draft opinion for the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality on the report on the application of Directive 2006/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation.

Council of Europe

  • The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance has released new reports on Greece and Norway, providing new developments and outstanding issues and recommendations to the authorities on how to tackle racism. It has also published conclusions on the implementation of its priority recommendations to Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg and Montenegro. 
  • The Commissioner for Human Rights has published his fourth Quarterly Activity Report for 2014

European Court of Human Rights

  • Y.Y. v. Turkey (application no.14793/08): Important judgement ruling that the sterilisation requirement as a precondition of gender reassignment surgery is unacceptable.
  • Ciorcan and others v. Romania (applications nos. 29414/09 and 44841/09): The Court found that Romania violated the rights of a large group of Roma people who had been injured by police forces, with violations of the rights to life (Article 2), freedom from inhuman treatment (Article 3) and freedom from discrimination (Article 14) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

United Nations


Key Equinet publications on anti-discrimination will be highlighted on our social media channels from 14-22 March as part of the European Action Week against Racism and Discrimination #AWR15!


When: 23 March 2015
Where: Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, Brussels, Belgium
What: Focus on future strategic priorities and tools in the field of gender equality


The European Commission’s recent Eurobarometer Gender Equality Report and the Report on Equality between Women and Men 2014 show that key challenges remain on gender equality, such as closing the gaps in pay, employment, pensions and decision-making, and to eradicate gender-based violence.
The Council of Europe's 2014 report on the first year of the implementation of its Gender Equality Strategy outlines progress towards the achievement of the five objectives of the Strategy, results achieved as well as challenges and opportunities. 
The European Parliament has just passed a non-legislative resolution that adopts the Tarabella Report on Equality between Women and Men in the EU. It concludes that much remains to be done to reduce pay gaps, remove “glass ceilings” on women’s careers, remedy their lack of economic independence, improve their work/life balance, including parental leave, and protect their rights and access to contraception and abortion. Civil society welcomes the adoption of the report, calling it a major step towards gender equality in Europe.

An expert to the United Nations highlighted the need to ensure that the concerns of older women are taken into account during discussions of Beijing 20 and recommended the adoption of a gender and age-sensitive approach to ensure that national legislations and policies take into account the needs of older women and promote their human rights with dignity.

The European Women's Lobby's campaign From Words to Action sees a focus on each of the 12 areas of the Beijing Platform for Action along the 12 months of the year. So far, they have looked at women and the economy, women in power and decision-making and institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women, as well as focusing on the rights of migrant women.

Zero Project Report 2015

The Zero Project researches the status quo of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), this year with a focus on independent living and political participation.

European Network of Legal Experts in the non-discrimination field

The Country Reports on measures to combat discrimination for 2013 provide an overview of the state of transposition and implementation of the EU anti-discrimination Directives in each country up to 1 January 2014.
The Report on the Discrimination of Roma Children highlights the current situation of Roma children in the field of education in a number of Member States.
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