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Equinet's Strategic Objective 1: Building Capacity and Peer Support of Equality Bodies
According to Equinet's Strategic Plan 2015-2018
, one of our main objectives is to build the capacity of equality bodies and to give support to their staff members. To achieve this objective in 2015, Equinet is organising two seminars dedicated to the staff members of equality bodies: Charting the Charter - Equality Bodies and Fundamental Rights in EU
(June 2015) and Work-Life Balance and Pregnancy and Parenthood Related Discrimination
European Court of Justice
- The Committee of Women's Rights and Gender Equality has published new reports: an opinion on the situation of women within marginalized communities; a report on the implementation of the Recast Directive 2006/54/EC (equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation); and a report on gender discrimination in access to education.
- The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs published new reports: a report on reducing inequalities with special focus on child poverty; and a study ‘Differential Treatment of Workers under 25 with a View to their Access to the Labour Market’ that looks on the discrimination of young people under Employment Framework Directive. Furthermore, the study ‘Reasonable Accommodation and Sheltered Workshops for People with Disabilities: Costs and Returns of Investments’ focuses on overviewing policy measures that enable equal access to employment for people with disabilities.
- The European Parliament has issued an analysis ‘Fundamental Rights in the European Union: The role of the Charter after the Lisbon Treaty’ that looks at historical developments and contemporary legal implications of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
European Court of Human Rights
- European Court of Justice ruled on 30 April 2015 that permanently banning men that have sex with men (MSM) from blood donations can be justified, depending on the situation in the country. You can read the press release by European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup here.
- Danis and Association of Ethnic Turks v. Romania (application no. 16632/09). A late change in the electoral law infringed the right to stand for election of an association representing the Turkish minority. The court found a violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) and Article 3 of Protocol no. 1 (right to free elections): by amending the electoral legislation seven months before the 2008 parliamentary elections, the authorities had not given the applicants the opportunity to be able to satisfy the eligibility criteria introduced as a result of the new legislation.
- Junta Rectora del Ertzainen Nazional Elkartasuna v. Spain (application no. 45892/09). The case concerns the inability of members of a police officers’ trade union to exercise the right to strike. The court found that the stringent requirements imposed on ‘law-enforcement agents’ justified the ban on strike action on account of the fact that they were armed and needed to provide uninterrupted service. The court did not find a case of discrimination.
EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA)
- This FRA Review looks at the situation for children in criminal proceedings and gives recommendations for improving juridical systems from the perspective of children’s rights.
- FRA has developed an EU Charter app - a fundamental rights one-stop-shop for mobile devices. More information is available here.
- as part of World Roma Day 2015, FRA calls on intensified efforts to improve Roma inclusion. The full article is available here.
- United Nations have addressed a list of issues to the initial report of the European Union on the implementation of the UN convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- The European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), which cooperates with the Fundamental Rights Agency, Council of Europe and Equinet in the Platform on Asylum and Migration, has issued a statement outlining how the EU can avoid more tragedies in the Mediterranean from a human rights perspective.