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Council for the Elimination of Ethnic or Racial Discrimination

SPAIN: Council for the Elimination of Racial or Ethnic Discrimination

Main Informations


The Council for the Elimination of Racial or Ethnic Discrimination is the Spanish Equality Body pursuant to Directive 2000/43/EC.
It has the mission to:
• provide independent assistance to victims of discrimination through a network of centres all over Spain:
• conduct analyses and studies and publish independent reports
• issue recommendations and proposals regarding equal treatment and non discrimination on grounds of racial or ethnic origin

Brief history

The Council is the Spanish Equality Body pursuant to article 13 of Directive 43/2000/EC and is administratively attached to the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, through the Institute of Women and for Equal Opportunities (IWEO), but outside its hierarchical structure. It was set up by Law 62/2003, transposing into Spanish law Directives 2000/43/EC and 2000/78/EC, and is governed by Royal Decree 1262/2007.
The Council is a collegiate body and includes representatives of the national, regional and local administrations, of social partners and of 10 NGOs working for the promotion of equal treatment and non discrimination on grounds of racial or ethnic origin (ACCEM, CEAR, Spanish Red Cross, Fundación CEPAIM, Fundación Secretariado Gitano, Movimiento contra la Intolerancia, MPDL, Unión Romaní, Rumiñahui, Red Acoge).
All its members, including the President, are appointed by the Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality for a renewable, three years term.
In 2014, the Council changed its name from Council for the Promotion and Non Discrimination of People on grounds of their Racial or Ethnic Origin to the current, more user-friendly one. The change was implemented through Law 15/2014 on Rationalization of the Public sector and other administrative reform measures. In addition, this law introduces some changes in the wording of Law 62/2003 in order to stress its independence in the implementation of its functions. All in all, the changes introduced aim to improve its visibility and to facilitate citizens, in particular potential discrimination victims, access to its services.
The core function of the Council is to grant independent assistance to victims of racial or ethnic discrimination. This is done by the Assistance and Orientation Service to Victims of Discrimination on Grounds of Racial or Ethnic Origin. This Service is based on a public contract and implemented through a network of 8 NGOs specialized in the field of fight against discrimination and who are also members of the Council for the Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination (Fundación Secretariado Gitano, Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado, Spanish Red Cross, Accem, Mpdl, Fundación Cepaim, Movimiento contra la Intolerancia, Red Acoge). The main contractor is the NGO Fundación Secretariado Gitano. The network has offices distributed all over Spain and a coordination office based in Madrid.
The services offered range from general information, investigation and mediation to reporting to police and prosecutors and filing complaints with the Ombudsperson, public authorities, inspection services and consumer organizations. The majority of the cases reported concern discrimination in access to employment, access to goods and services, including housing, discriminatory behaviour and harassment at schools, discrimination in public places and security, as well as discriminatory and hate speech in media and social media.

Mandate type
  • Predominantly promotion-type and legal support body
Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)yesyesyesyesyesyesnonono
Recommendations on discrimination issuesnoyesnononoyesnonono
Publications and reportsnonoyesyesyesyesnonono
Research projects (including surveys)nonoyesyesnoyesnonono
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)212534no data376556222no 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 datano datano datano data
  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Management details

The management structure is composed of the President, the first and second Vicepresidents and the members of the Council. The Council organizes its preparatory work through standing and ad hoc committees. Currently, there are four standing committees dealing with Assistance to Victims of Discrimination, Legislation, Surveys and Reports and Communication. In addition, there is a Permanent Committee which has the task of preparing the Plenary Sessions. The Deputy Director General for Equality and Non Discrimination, within the Institute of Women and for Equal Opportunities, acts as Secretary of the Council and provides administrative assistance and technical support.

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

The Secretary of State for Social Services and Equality proposes and the Minister for Health, Social Services and Equality appoints the President. The first Vicepresident is appointed by the Minister based on the proposal of the NGOs and the Social Partners represented in the Council. The second Vicepresident is the Director of the Institute of Women and for Equal Opportunities.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
555555no datano datano data
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
Grounds / FieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender Identitynonononono
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationnonononono
Religion & Beliefnonononono
Mandate covers:
  • Public sector
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions).
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We are accountable to:
  • National Ministry
  • National audit institution (i.e. for financial reporting)

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General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Council for the Elimination of Racial or Ethnic Discrimination

Full name in the national language(s):

Consejo para la Eliminación de la Discriminación Racial o Étnica

Postal address:
Calle Alcalá 37, 28014 Madrid Spain

General email address:
Helpline:;; 900 203 041

Telephone number:

0034 91 524 68 10

Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Spanish, English

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Rosa Mª Candela Quintanilla

Name of the Head of the equality body:


Engagement with Equinet

Contact Person


Pablo López Pietsch