On 16-17 June 2015, Equinet hosted the conference ‘Charting the Charter: Equality bodies and fundamental rights in the EU’ to facilitate exchange between equality bodies and national and European stakeholders on the role and importance of the Charter in safeguarding fundamental rights, ensuring equality and combating discrimination and it will have a particular focus on the practical use and benefits of the Charter for equality bodies.
The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (the Charter) became binding primary EU legislation with the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. EU institutions in all their actions and Member States, when they are acting within the scope of EU law, have a legal obligation to ensure respect for fundamental rights enshrined in the Charter.
The Court of Justice of the EU as well as national courts in their case law refer increasingly often to the Charter, illustrating its growing importance. However, to date the use of the Charter by equality bodies at the domestic level remains limited.
This seminar was designed to enable equality bodies’ staff to:
The seminar featured presentations by eminent external speakers and experts of equality bodies as well as interactive workshop sessions. Read the Seminar Report below for further details.
Chair: Evelyn Collins, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Facilitators: Jayne Hardwick and Tamás Kádár, Anna Mazurczak, Katrin Wladasch
Chair: Mattias Falk, Equality Ombudsman, Sweden
Chair: Kathalijne Buitenweg, Netherlands Institute for Human Rights
Chair: Jayne Hardwick, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Great Britain
Chair: Anne Gaspard, Executive Director, Equinet
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Case study: Equal opportunities are too expensive
Case study: Too young for reduced working hours
EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
EP Report on Fundamental Rights in the European Union
EC 2014 Report on the Application of the Charter of Fundamental rights
CFREU Report – The Charter of Fundamental Rights as a Living Instrument
Fundamental Rights Compatibility – Guidelines for Council Preparatory Bodies