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HUNGARY: Equal Treatment Authority

General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Equal Treatment Authority

Full name in the national language(s):

Egyenlő Bánásmód Hatóság

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

General email address:

+36 1 336 7843

Telephone number:

+36 1 336 7843

Other social media channels:

Egyenlő Bánásmód Hatóság (Facebook)

Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Hungarian, English

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Katalin Gregor

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Dr. Agnes Honecz

Contact Person


Katalin Gregor


Main Informations


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.

Brief history

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.

Mandate type
  • Predominantly tribunal-type (quasi-judicial) body
Litigation powers
  • Representing in front of courts
  • Bringing proceedings in own name
  • Intervening before the court
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) legally binding
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)no datano datano datano datano datano data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)no datano datano datano datano datano data
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social mediano datano datano datano datano datano data
  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Management details

The Authority is led by its President, who is appointed by the President of the Republic for 9 years.

Additional details

The Authority is an independent (autonomous) administrative organisation.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
no datano datano datano datano data15
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
GroundsFieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender Identityyesyesyesyesyes
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesyesyesno
Sexual Orientationyesyesyesyesyes
Religion & Beliefyesyesyesyesyes
Operating budget in euros
no datano datano datano datano data340.000
We are accountable to:
  • National audit institution (i.e. for financial reporting)