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GERMANY: Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency

General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA)

Full name in the national language(s):

Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes (ADS)

Postal address:
Glinkastraße 24, 10117 Berlin
Website:

www.antidiskriminierungsstelle.de or www.anti-discrimination-agency.com

General email address:
beratung@ads.bund.de
Helpline:

+49(0)3018 555 1865

Telephone number:

+49(0)3018 555 1855

Other social media channels:

https://www.facebook.com/antidiskriminierungsstelle

Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Languages spoken: German, English, Arabic (new); Website languages: German; Turkish; French; Arabic; Russian, Polish; English

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Sebastian Bickerich, presse@ads.bund.de

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Ms. Christine Lüders

Contact Person

Name:

Niklas Hofmann

Email:
Niklas.Hofmann@ads.bund.de

Main Informations

Overview

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency takes on and independently carries out the following tasks, insofar as no Parliamentary Commissioner of the Bundestag or Federal Government Commissioner is competent in the matter: Publicity work; measures to prevent discrimination; academic studies into discrimination.

Brief history

Date of establishment: August 2006, mode of establishment: by legislation through the General Act on Equal Treatment. The agency was established within the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. It is independent in the execution of its duties and only subject to the law (General Act on Equal Treatment, Section 26, 27).

Mandate type
  • Predominantly promotion-type and legal support body
Litigation powers
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) Not legally binding
Activities
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Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)noyesyesyesyesyes
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)noyesyesyesyesyes
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)noyesyesyesyesyes
Recommendations on discrimination issuesnoyesyesyesyesyes
Publications and reportsnoyesyesyesyesyes
Research projects (including surveys)noyesyesyesyesyes
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • Hate crime
  • Hate speech
Other statistics
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Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)217426463202215620132123
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
Management
  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Management details

The Federal minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth appoints a person to head the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, based on a suggestion put forward by the Federal Government. The relationship between the Agency and the Federal Administration is that of an official public-law relationship

Additional details

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency acts financially independent and has its own section within the detailed budget plan of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. The FADA decides independently within its budgetary funds in compliance with valid budget law.

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

The Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth appoints a person to head the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, based on a suggestion put forward by the Federal Government. The relationship between the Agency and the Federal Administration is that of an official public-law relationship (öffentlich-rechtliches Amtsverhältnis).
According to the General Act on Equal Treatment, Section 30, an advisory board was established on 25 October 2007. This body shall advise the authority concerning reports and recommendations to the German Bundestag (Parliament) and concerning research. The advisory board shall also promote the dialogue with groups and organisations in the anti-discrimination field.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
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no data3030303030
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
GroundsFieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Genderyesyesyesyesyes
Gender Identityyesyesyesyesyes
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesyesyesyes
Ageyesyesyesyesyes
Disabilityyesyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationyesyesnoyesyes
Religion & Beliefyesyesyesyesyes
Mandate covers:
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
201020112012201320142015
no data2.642.532.993.223.71
We are accountable to:
  • National Parliament

Related News

 

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency from Germany highlights some of its work on combating discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin.

 

 

On 27 September 2016, our German colleagues at the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) celebrated their tenth anniversary, together with the ten years of the German General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) in Berlin.