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FSG participates in public consultation processes of the European Commission on the Equal Treatment Directive and on Equality Bodies. [editar]

02/03/2022
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FSG participates in public consultation processes of the European Commission on the Equal Treatment Directive and on Equality Bodies.The European Commission frequently uses public consultations as tools for participation and transparency at the service of European citizens, civil society, companies and other stakeholders interested in participating. Public consultations allow opinions on the scope, priorities and added value of EU action in terms of new initiatives or evaluation of existing policies and laws.

The Fundación Secretariado Gitano participates on a recurring basis in those consultations that deal with matters relevant to the inclusion and equality of the Roma population. This has been the case of two last consultations in which we have participated due to its importance and relevance for the Roma community.


One of them deals with how to “Addressing possible gaps in the Racial Equality Directive” (Council Directive 2000/43/EC) which implements the principle of equal treatment between people regardless of their racial or ethnic origin. The purpose of this consultation is to help the Commission identify potential gaps in protection against discrimination based on racial or ethnic origin and appropriate measures to address those gaps. Its objective is to collect data on experiences of discrimination based on racial or ethnic origin and opinions related to legal protection against such discrimination and possible future improvements. This consultation is open until 11th April 2022 and is available in all EU languages ​​by following this link.

The second consultation is entitled "Equality bodies – binding standardss". Equality bodies promote equal treatment by providing independent assistance to victims of discrimination, conducting surveys and publishing independent reports and making recommendations. And the reality is that it faces challenges in its functioning and its mandate, powers, status, independence, resources and effectiveness. The purpose of this consultation is therefore to collaborate and report on new measures necessary to strengthen equality bodies by establishing minimum standards for their operation by EU Equality Directives. Those are the Directives that prohibit discrimination on the ground of gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age and sexual orientation in the fields of (self-)employment, occupation and (vocational training); social protection, including social security and healthcare; social advantages; education; access to and supply of goods and services which are available to the public, including housing.. This consultation was published open until 18 April 2022 and is available in all EU languages ​​by following this link.

From Fundación Secretariado Gitano we congrats EC for this type of consultation process, open to citizens, civil society organisations, social partners,  Member States and national authorities, European institutions and bodies and international organisations, as an exercise in favour of transparency and participation that all of society must remember.

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