This conference will take place in person on 12 October following the 2023 Equinet Annual General Meeting. It is aimed at all actors in the enforcement chain of Equality and anti-discrimination legislation, notably, Equality Bodies’ legal experts, national and European legislators, Civil Society Organisations.
If you are NOT an Equinet member, register below to attend the Conference.
In-person registration for Equinet members is now closed, but you can still join online at the link below. If you are interested in attending in person, please contact Jone Elizondo-Urrestarazu, (Jone.Elizondo@equineteurope.org).Register here for the Conference
Equality and non-discrimination for all is an essential requisite of any democratic society. But equality legislation needs to be effectively implemented and enforced if we are to reach our objectives. Sanctions and remedies in cases of proven discrimination are crucial for this. The EU anti-discrimination Directives contain scarce guidance on such sanctions, which has resulted in the ‘effectiveness’, ‘proportionality’ and ‘dissuasiveness’ to be interpreted in a very heterogeneous fashion across member states. The FRA opinion ‘Equality in the EU 20 years on from the initial implementation of the Equality Directives’ in the case of the 2000 Directives (RED and EED), “…calls into question the effectiveness of the measures and institutional arrangements Member States have put in place to enforce non-discrimination legislation, including the rules they have laid down as regards the effectiveness, proportionality and dissuasiveness of sanctions in cases of discrimination”, which coincides with the Future of Equality Legislation in Europe roundtable discussion conclusion organised by Equinet in that current sanctions “do not guarantee effective redress nor do they act as an effective deterrent”. Further, FRA signals that the problem of underreporting is inextricably linked to the perceived effectiveness of the redress for the victim and should therefore be reinforced by member states.
Based on Equinet’s report Preventing and Reacting to Discrimination through Sanctions and Remedies, this conference is aimed at reflecting on the enforcement of the existing equality and non-discrimination legislation in order to ensure that future legislative and policy measures target ensuring effective enforcement through the redress mechanisms such as sanctions.Download the Conference concept note & agenda
To better inform participants about legal redress and sanctions in their area of expertise, as well as to give participants a more comprehensive overview of these areas in analogous legislation and their interpretation.