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[EQUINET MEMBERS ONLY] Equinet Legal Training on Positive Actions Measures

September 12th 2014

16-17 October 2014, Belgrade, Serbia

On 16-17 October 2014 in Belgrade, Equinet, with the support and hosting of the Serbian Commission for the Protection of Equality, is organising a training event on positive action measures.


THIS TRAINING EVENT IS FOR EQUINET MEMBERS ONLY

Recommended reading

  1. Equinet report on the implementation of the race and employment framework directives
  2. Equinet report ‘A question of faith – religion and belief in Europe’
  3. Joint Report on the application of Council Directive 2000/43/EC of 29 June 2000 implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin (‘Racial Equality Directive’) and of Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000 establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation (‘Employment Equality Directive’)
  4. International perspectives on positive action measures - A comparative analysis in the European Union, Canada, the United States and South Africa
  5. Beyond Formal Equality - Positive Action under Directives 2000/43/EC and 2000/78/EC
  6. Positive Action Measures to Ensure Full Equality in Practice between Men and Women, including on Company Boards
  7. Putting Equality into Practice – What role for positive action?
  8. The Benefits of Positive Action Thematic Discussion Paper
  9. Making equality effective: the role of proactive measures
  10. Positive Action guide Equality Commission for Northern Ireland Oct 2010

Case law:

  • C-312/86 «Commission v. France» (1988)
  • C-450/93 «Kalanke» (1995)
  • C-409/95 «Marschall» (1997)
  • C-158/97 «Badeck» (2000)
  • C-407/98 «Abrahamsson» (2000)
  • C-79/99 «Schnorbus» ( 2000)
  • C-366/99 «Griesmar» (2001)
  • C-476/99 «Lommers» ( 2002)
  • C-319/03 «Briheche» ( 2004)

Objectives

EU equal treatment legislation on all discrimination grounds allows Member States to introduce positive action measures in order to ‘ensure full equality in practice’. However, the limits, the legality and the effectiveness of such measures are often debated in practice.

This Equinet training will build on the discussions in the working group Equality Law in Practice and it will analyse the legal questions relating to the application of positive action measures on the basis of EU Equal Treatment Directives by discussing concrete cases and policies on different grounds of discrimination. The training will take account of good practice examples as well as the effectiveness and impact of the existing legislation, policies and practices.

The training will feature presentations by eminent external speakers and experts of equality bodies as well as interactive workshop sessions.

This training will enable equality bodies’ staff to:

  • Learn about the legal concept of positive action measures
  • Familiarise with the practice relating to positive action measures in different European and non-European countries
  • Share their knowledge and experience both formally during the sessions and informally during the breaks
  • Learn about good practice initiatives and projects by other equality bodies
  • Return to their jobs better equipped to judge the legality and effectiveness of positive action measures
  • Provide more informed recommendations to decision-makers
  • Upon their return inform their colleagues about the lessons learned at the training

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(c) Unn Tiba

Participants

This Equinet training is dedicated to an audience of approximately 50 staff members of equality bodies with responsibilities in dealing with case work and policies relating to positive action measures. The training programme is designed primarily for staff members with a legal or policy background.

Key Themes

The following key topics will be addressed at the training.

  • Legal framework, case law and preconditions – what is and what isn’t positive action?
  • Making the case for the use of positive action and improving the take up of such measures
  • Good practice examples – positive action measures that work
  • Ensuring and evaluating the effectiveness of positive action

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Agenda for Training on Positive Action
Agenda for Training on Positive Action
Summary of Equinet Legal Training
Summary of Equinet Legal Training


Speakers’ presentations

OPENING SESSION

SESSION 1 – POSITIVE ACTION IN EUROPE AND IN THE WORLD

SESSION 2 – CHALLENGES OF APPLYING POSITIVE ACTION

SESSION 4 – EXAMPLES OF POSITIVE ACTION (WORKSHOP)

SESSION 5 – EXAMPLES OF POSITIVE ACTION (WORKSHOP)

SESSION 6 – THE EFFECTIVENESS OF POSITIVE ACTION MEASURES


THIS TRAINING EVENT IS FOR EQUINET MEMBERS ONLY