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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.

EU law

EU law requires EU countries to designate a body for the promotion, analysis, monitoring and support of equal treatment of all persons on grounds of sex:

Network of gender equality bodies

An EU network of equality bodies was set up in 2006. The purpose of the network is to promote a uniform implementation of EU law in the field of equal treatment of women and men, and to encourage the exchange of best practices between national equality bodies and the European Commission.

National gender equality bodies are responsible for:

  • providing independent assistance to victims of discrimination in pursuing their complaints about discrimination;
  • conducting independent surveys concerning discrimination;
  • publishing independent reports and making recommendations on any issue relating to such discrimination.

The network meets twice per year. Issues discussed by the network have included:

National gender equality bodies

Austria

GleichbehandlungsanwaltschaftDeutsch

Belgium

Institut pour l'Egalité des Femmes et des Hommesfrançais

Instituut voor de Gelijkheid van Vrouwen en MannenNederlands

Bulgaria

Комисия за защита от дискриминациябългарски

Cyprus

Γραφείο Επιτρόπου Διοικήσεως (Ομπουτσμαν) - Αρχική Σελίδαελληνικά

Czech Republic

Rada vlády ČR pro rovné příležitosti žen a mužůčeština

Denmark

Ligebehandlingsnævnetdansk

Estonia

Soolise võrdõiguslikkuse volinikeesti

Finland

Tasa -arvo naisten ja miesten välilläsuomi

France

Haute Autorité de Lutte contre les Discrimination et pour l'Egalité- HALDEfrançais

Germany

AntidiskriminierungsstelleDeutsch

Greece

Συνήγορος του Πολίτηελληνικά

Hungary

Equal Treatment Authority (Egyenlő Bánásmód Hatóság)magyar

Ireland

Equality Commission for Ireland

Italy

Ministero del Lavoro, della Salute e delle Politiche Sociali - Comitato Nazionale di Paritàitaliano

Latvia

Latvian National Human Rights Office

Lithuania

Seimaslietuvių

Luxembourg

Ministère de l'égalité des chancesfrançais

Malta

National Commission for the Promotion of Equality

The Netherlands

Commissie Gelijke BehandelingNederlands

Poland

Ministerstwo Pracy i Polityki Społecznejpolski

Portugal

CITE Comissão para a Igualdade no Trabalho e no Empregoportuguês

Romania

Agenţia Naţională pentru Egalitatea de Şanseromână

Slovakia

Ministerstvo práce, sociálnych vecí a rodinyslovenčina

Slovenia

Urad za enake možnostislovenščina

Spain

Instituto de la Mujerespañol

Sweden

Diskriminerings ombudsmannensvenska

United Kingdom

Equality and Human Rights Commission

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