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All EU countries are required, according to the EU's Racial Equality Directive of 2000, to designate "National Equality Bodies" for the promotion of equal treatment.

The bodies are expected to:

  • provide independent assistance to the victims of discrimination
  • conduct surveys and studies
  • publish independent reports and recommendations.

While the Racial Equality Directive Choose translations of the previous link  refers specifically to bodies concerned with racial discrimination, many countries have also decided to set up bodies that will cover other grounds of discrimination.

In addition, victims of discrimination can be supported by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) or trade union with a legitimate interest.

Austria

Gleichbehandlungsanwaltschaft 

Belgium

Centre pour l'égalité des chances et la lutte contre le racisme

Bulgaria

Комисия за защита от дискриминация

Cyprus

Γραφείο Επιτρόπου Διοικήσεως (Ομπουτσμαν) - Αρχική Σελίδα

Czech Republic

Verejný ochránce práv - ombudsman

Denmark

Ligebehandlingsnævnet

Institut for menneske rettigheder

Estonia

Eesti Varbariigi Oiguskantsler

Finland

Vähemmistövaltuutettu

Tasa-arvovaltuutettu

France

Le défenseur des droits

Germany

Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes

Greece

Συνήγορος του Πολίτη: Κεντρική Σελίδα

Υπουργείο Δικαιοσύνης

Hungary

Egyenlo Bánásmód Hatóság

Biztosa az alapvető jogok

Ireland

The Equality Authority

Italy

Ufficio Nazionale Antidiscriminazioni Razziali

Latvia

Tiesībsargs

Lithuania

Lygių galimybių kontrolieriaus tarnyba

Luxembourg

Centre pour l'égalité de traitement

Malta

National Commission for the promotion of equality

The Netherlands

College voor de rechten van de mens

Poland

Obrońcy praw człowieka

Portugal

Alto Comissariado para a Imigração e Diálogo intercultural

Comissão para a igualdade no trabalho et no emprego

Romania

Consiliul National pentru Combaterea Discriminarii

Slovakia

Slovenské národné stredisko pre ludské práva

Slovenia

Urad za enake moznosti

Spain

Consejo para la promoción de la igualdad

Sweden

Ombudsmannen mot etnisk diskriminering

United Kingdom

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland