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Equinet Seminar: Fighting discrimination on grounds of race and ethnic origin

October 6th 2016

9-10 November 2016
Hosted by: Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Budapest


Discrimination on the basis of one’s race and ethnic origin remains one of the most often experienced form of inequality and one that features prominently in the work of equality bodies. In many European countries racial and ethnic minorities, and in particular Roma people, remain the most disadvantaged and persecuted group in society.

In a context where public sentiment is often hostile towards racial and ethnic minorities and institutional discrimination and the under-reporting of incidents are common, the challenges around managing the refugee crisis and ensuring the inclusion of migrants also risk to render the public discourse more hostile and discrimination more widely accepted.

Equinet and its members have done a lot of work on this topic in recent years, most recently with a paper from the Working Group on Equality law. This discusses the key legal issues and challenges, and the available tools and good practices in tackling discrimination on the ground of race and ethnic origin, which will be the basis of the discussions during the Seminar.


The Seminar aims to:

  • Build capacity among Equinet members to combat discrimination on the ground of race and ethnic origin, including a focus on discrimination against Roma people
  • Offer a platform to discuss good practices and promising tools
  • Discuss issues of multiple discrimination where race and ethnic origin intersect with other grounds such as gender, religion or belief

Target Audience

This Equinet Seminar is dedicated to an audience of approximately 45 equality body staff members with responsibilities in dealing with race equality issues. The Seminar agenda allows for participation of persons with different professional backgrounds, in particular of legal experts and policy experts.


Draft Agenda
Draft Agenda


Please register via this link by 28 October 2016.

Please note that Equinet will prebook and pay for your accommodation in Budapest for 2 nights (8-10 November). If you need any extra nights due to travel arrangements, please indicate this in the registration form.

Once you have registered:
If you are a speaker, or if you are the first or only participant registering from your equality body, you may proceed with your travel arrangements, observing the 300 EUR ceiling for plane tickets (should it be impossible to find cheaper tickets, please contact Yannick at the Secretariat).

If you are the second person registering from your equality body, your name will be placed on a waiting list and we will contact you soon after the registration deadline to confirm whether your participation at the seminar will be possible.

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