Since 2000, there have been many developments in the field of non-discrimination in Europe. Have a look at our Timeline to see some of the major policy and legislative highlights during that time.
One of those highlights was the adoption of the Race Equality Directive (2000/43/EC) in June 2000. This ‘new generation’ equal treatment instrument extended legal protection against discrimination beyond the ground of gender. It revolutionised the equality infrastructure by requiring all Member States and candidate countries to designate national equality bodies to promote equal treatment and support victims of discrimination. From cases such as the CJEU’s Feryn case to campaigns for more accessibility, have a look at some of the proudest achievements of these equality bodies over the past 20 years here.
On 29 June 2020, an online event took place to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Equinet – European Network of Equality Bodies co-organised this event together with the European Commission, the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU and the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Read our joint statement on ”Protecting and promoting equality as a fundamental value of the EU: 20th anniversary of the Race Equality Directive”.
equality2020 brought together a panel of high-level speakers to discuss current challenges and future vision of equality in Europe. Following a welcome by Anne Gaspard, Equinet’s Executive Director and Dražen Bošnjaković, Minister of Justice, Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, speakers discussed how equality has evolved in the past 20 years, what barriers currently block citizens from equal opportunities in all aspects of their lives, and how we can improve the lives of Europeans in the future. Our high-level panellists were:
Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality, gave concluding remarks. Read her full speech here.
All relevant material is available on the conference website equality2020.eu