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Equinet High-Level Legal Seminar on the Application of the EU Race & Employment Directives

April 3rd 2013

The seminar focused on discussions on the application of the Race Equality Directive and the General Framework Directive


Objectives

This one-day Seminar represented one of Equinet’s contributions to the discussions and consultations leading up to the adoption of the European Commission’s joint report on the application of the Race Directive (2000/43/EC) and the General Framework Directive (2000/78/EC). The Seminar strived in particular to:

- Present equality bodies’ experiences with the application of the Directives

- Provide a platform for a wide range of legal experts to discuss and compare their experiences with the application of the Directives

- Discuss potential areas and directions of future development

Target audience

The seminar was aimed at legal experts and practitioners involved in anti-discrimination law – including senior legal staff from national equality bodies, from the European institutions, agencies and other international organisations, from national and European NGOs, the academic world and social partners active in the field of non-discrimination and equal treatment law.

Participants at the seminar
Participants at the seminar

Summaries

The Secretariat has compiled a summary of the main discussions and arguments at the seminar. You can access this summary below.

2013 Summary Equinet High Level Legal Seminar
2013 Summary Equinet High Level Legal Seminar


Agenda

The seminar was opened by Mr. Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea – Director for Equality, DG Justice at the European Commission and was divided into three sessions:

- Session 1 – Reporting on the Application of the Non-Discrimination Directives, with contributions by Mr. Andreas Stein (Head of Unit, European Commission DG JUST Equal Treatment Legislation D.1) and Ms. Jayne Hardwick (Equality and Human Rights Commission, U.K.).

- Session 2 – Interactive Panel Debate on Relevant Aspects of the Directives and The Experiences of Stakeholders, with the participation of representatives of relevant European stakeholders.

- Session 3 – Putting the Directives into Context and Potential Developments, with contributions by Professor Olivier De Schutter (Université Catholique de Louvain) and Gabriel Toggenburg (European Union Agency For Fundamental Rights).

More information can be found in the agenda below:

2013 Equinet Legal Seminar Agenda (draft)
2013 Equinet Legal Seminar Agenda (draft)


Presentations

Keynote presentations

- Jayne Hardwick, Equality and Human Rights Commission, The work and report of the Equinet Working Group Equality Law in practice on equality bodies’ experience with the non-discrimination directives (click here for the presentation);

Practical details

Claiming expenses
Travel and subsistence costs are covered by Equinet. Reimbursements are only possible when an original Equinet reimbursement form is correctly filled in and sent to the Equinet Secretariat (yannick.godin@equineteurope.org or +32 2 212 3182).

Click here to download the Equinet reimbursement form.

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