Centre for Equal Treatment


The CET (Centre for Equal Treatment) carries out its missions independently, and its purpose is to promote, analyze and monitor equal treatment between all persons without discrimination on the basis of race/ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs, handicap or age.

Brief history

The CET was created by the law of 28 November 2006.

Mandate Type

Predominantly promotion-type and legal support body

Litigation power:

  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) Not legally binding


2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups ( e.g. through trainings )
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)
Recommendations on discrimination issues
Publications and reports
Research projects (including surveys)

Our institution has a mandate to deal with:

  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Freedom of movement for workers

Other statistics:

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)15711811396145129115128150
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)15711811396145129115128150
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media202020202020202015


  • Collegiate headed equality body (led by a distinct board/commission)

Management details

The CET is made up of a panel of five members, including a chairman.

Additional details

The chairman and the members of the CET are appointed for five years. The five-year term can be renewed once.

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

Members of the boards are appointed by the Grand Duke based on a proposal from the Chamber of Deputies, on the basis of their competence in the field of the promotion of equal treatment. 
Those 5 members chose the staff.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues

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Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body

Grounds / Fields Employment Education Housing Social Protection & Healthcare Goods and Services Other
Gender Identity
Race and Ethnic Origin
Sexual Orientation
Religion & Belief

Mandate covers:

  • Public sector
  • Private sector

Operating budget in euros

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Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions)

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

We are accountable to

  • National Parliament