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Equal Treatment Authority

October 26th 2011

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Overview

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 trainings throughout the country. The latter activity is supported by the European Social Fund.

The organisation is a predominantly quasi-judicial body [1].

Contact details:

Postal address: Margit krt.85, 1024 Budapest, Hungary

Telephone: +36 1 336 7843

General email address: ebh@ebh.gov.hu

Website: www.egyenlobanasmod.hu

Contact person for media enquiries:

- To find out more information about the grounds/fields of discrimination covered by the organisation, as well as its powers, activities and structure, please download the detailed profile below:


[1According to a European Commission study on Equality Bodies, predominantly quasi-judicial bodies are “impartial institutions which spend the bulk of their time and resources hearing, investigating and deciding on individual instances of discrimination brought before them” (page 43).