High-level group on non-discrimination
In 2015, the European Commission replaced the government expert group with setting up an high level group on non-discrimination, Equality and diversity with a new mandate.
The high level group, composed of representatives of all EU countries, ensures cooperation and coordination between EU countries and seeks to improve the development and implementation of policies and programmes that combat discrimination and promote equality. It is also a platform for sharing experiences and good practices on diversity.
Equinet - European network of equality bodies
Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies, brings together national equality bodies, which are empowered to counteract discrimination across a range of grounds including age, disability, gender, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.
National equality bodies are independent organisations established on the basis of EU directives with a mandate to provide an independent assistance to victims of discrimination, conduct independent surveys concerning discrimination and publish independent reports and make recommendations on any issue relating to discrimination in their country.
Equinet, promotes equality in Europe through supporting and enabling the work of national equality bodies. It supports equality bodies to be independent and effective as valuable catalysts for more equal societies.
Network of legal experts
The European Equality Law Network ensures that the European Commission is kept informed in relation to important legal developments in both the fields of gender equality and non-discrimination at national level and as to the impacts of those developments.
This network comprises national experts from 35 countries (the EU countries, Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).
The network produces a bi-annual Equality law review, thematic reports and country reports.