Equal Treatment Authority
Egyenlő Bánásmód Hatóság
+36 1 336 7843
+36 1 336 7843
Egyenlő Bánásmód Hatóság (Facebook)
Dr. Agnes Honecz
The Hungarian Equal Treatment Authority is an independent administrative body which safeguards the values embraced by the so called equality directives. Although it has parallel jurisdiction with other specialized administrative bodies (e.g. National Employment Service), it is in fact the equality body which was set up pursuant to the equality directives. As of its inception, it has heavily relied on its broad statutory powers conferred upon it to fight discrimination. While the authority often uses its power to impose a fine, it also places great emphasis on settling legal disputes. This latter role has become even more important in the aftermath of this economic downturn which has an adverse impact on the liquidity of the law breakers as well. While this consideration cannot dominate its decision-making process, the authority seeks to strike a delicate balance between liquidity and prevention. Finally, the Hungarian equality body increasingly focuses on awareness raising, both by publishing its relevant decisions (web page, monthly newsletter, press conferences) and holding equality training throughout the country. The latter activity is supported by the European Social Fund.
Date of establishment: February 2005
Mode of establishment:
By Act CXXV of 2003 on equal treatment and the promotion of equal opportunities;
By the Government Decree No 362/2004 (XII.26.) on the Equal Treatment Authority and the detailed regulation of its procedure.
Status: independent (autonomous) administrative organization, which was set up to receive and deal with individual and public complaints on unequal treatment and to implement the principles of equality and non discrimination.
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The Authority is led by its President, who is appointed by the President of the Republic for 9 years.
The Authority is an independent (autonomous) administrative organisation.
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