’Realising the Potential of National Equality Bodies’
Equinet organised a second high-level meeting with Heads of National Equality Bodies encouraged by and building on the success and added-value of a previous high level meeting (in March 2009 in Brussels) with the participation of the heads of national equality bodies, European Commissioner (Vladimir Špidla) and Members of the European Parliament.
This half-day interactive Equinet high-level meeting with heads of national equality bodies provided a unique opportunity to discuss with key European stakeholders the most pertinent questions related to the promotion of equality and the effective role of equality bodies including those important developments in the legal and policy sphere that influence and provided a background to the work of national equality bodies.
Key contributions and participations
Equality Bodies - Heads and senior representatives of National Equality Bodies; Equinet Executive Board Members
Council of Europe - Thomas Hammarberg (Keynote Speaker), Commissioner for Human Rights
European Commission - Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea (Keynote Speaker), Director for Equality (Directorate General Justice)
European Group of National Human Rights Institutions - Alan Miller (Keynote Speaker), Chair of the European Group of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and of the Scottish Human Rights Commission
Other relevant stakeholders – including EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), Council of Europe - European Commission against Racism (ECRI), etc.
The agenda of the High Level Meeting can be found here.
The venue of the meeting will be in central Brussels at the Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée (20 Rue des Sables, 1000 Bruxelles).
The working languages of the meeting will be English and French (interpretation will be available).
A networking lunch providing participants with a unique opportunity not only to get their message across to key European organisations, but also to exchange views with their peers.