National Council for Comabting Discrimination
Consiliul National pentru Combaterea Discriminarii
Asztalos Csaba; Istvan Haller
The National Council for Combating Discrimination (NCCD) is the autonomous state authority, under parliamentary control, which performs its activity in the field of discrimination.
At European level there are institutions assigned to human rights protection and combating discrimination but NCCD is unique, its activity combining 14 discrimination criteria, no other institution having such a vast sphere of action, including sanctioning.
The National Council for Combating Discrimination was established pursuant to the adoption of Government Ordinance no. 137/2000 and Government Decision no. 1194/2001 on organization and function of NCCD. These legal acts represented the transposition of the community legislation in the field at national level. At European level there are institutions assigned to human rights protection and combating discrimination but NCCD is unique, its activity combining 14 discrimination criteria, no other institution having such a vast sphere of action, including sanctioning.
Romanian Government Decision 1279 from October 4 , 2003 for amending and supplementing the Government Decision 1194/2001 on organization and function of the National Council for Combating Discrimination.
Law no. 324 from July 14, 2006 for the amending and supplementing of the Government Ordinance no.137/2000 on preventing and sanctioning of all forms of discrimination.
|Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)||yes||yes||no||yes||yes||yes|
|Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)||no||no||no||no||no||yes|
|Recommendations on discrimination issues||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Publications and reports||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Research projects (including surveys)||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes|
|Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)||no data||no data||no data||no data||no data||no data|
|Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)||478||465||548||858||776||752|
|Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media||94||140||275||no data||no data||no data|
The management is assured by President and Vice-President when the President delegates his authority by Internal Decision. The Members of the Steering Board have the rank of Secretary of State.
The Steering Board of NCCD is a collective and deliberative body that takes responsibility for the tasks provided by law and President and Vice-President are members of the Steering Board.
The Steering Board of the NCCD is a collective and deliberative body that takes responsibility for the tasks provided by law and the President and the Vicepresident are members of the Steering Board.
The Steering Board is made up of 9 members having the rank of secretary of state, appointed in the plenary session by the two Chambers of the Parliament. Nominations for the Steering Board shall be filed at the Standing Bureaus of Chambers of Deputies and Senate, within 30 days of the date when the mandates become vacant. The nominees shall have attached: curriculum vitae, criminal record, and statements of the candidates from which results that they don’t fall under the provisions of the art.19, paragraph (3), subparagraphs (e) and (f).
The Standing Bureaus of the two Chambers of the Parliament shall publish the list of candidates on their websites and submit their nominees to the standing specialty committees so that candidates can be interviewed in a joint session. Within 15 days of the date when the list of candidates is published, well-substantiated objections against candidates can be filed in writing.
Once candidates have been interviewed, the standing specialty committees shall prepare a joint report that will be read in a joint session of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.
Candidates can be approved by the majority of present deputies and senators.
|GroundsFields||Employment||Education||Housing||Social Protection & Healthcare||Goods & Services||Other|
|Race and Ethnic Origin||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Religion & Belief||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
On 28 February 2017, a bill aiming to repeal Romanian Anti-discrimination Law was tacitly adopted by the Romanian Chamber of Deputies. The law is now pending to be voted upon in the Senate, where it is hoped that they will quash the bill.
If this bill were adopted, it would seriously affect the National Council for Combatting Discrimination (CNCD), emptying its mandate linked to the Anti-discrimination Law, thus undermining the role and functioning of the national equality body.
* Update: On 14 March, the Romanian Parliament voted not to accept this draft law. Thus the equality body will not be disabled.