Between January and December 2012, the Office of the Slovak Government in cooperation with partner NGOs, the Citizen, Democracy and Accountabilityand the Centre for Civil and Human Rights, has implemented Equality in the Slovak reality – Overcoming institutional barriers in implementing the principle of equal treatment by increasing the potential for equality mainstreaming, a project co-funded by the Government Office and the European Union. The project implementation agreement was signed with the European Commission – DG Justice under the PROGRESS (2011 – 2012) programme. Total costs of the project represent EUR 215,571.
The project particularly concentrates on the promotion of human rights and the equality principle in practice and on equal treatment of vulnerable groups which are still frequently exposed to discrimination, especially on grounds of disability, racial and ethnic origin (Roma communities in particular), age, religion/belief and sexual orientation. Project activities and outputs cover the relevant areas of (anti)discrimination – employment, education, access to goods and services, healthcare, culture, media, etc.
Project objectives are delivered through participatory activities, such as discussion, working meetings, workshops, seminars, trainings, a summer school for students, a round table and a regional symposium. Project outputs will include expert reports, analyses, studies, printed materials and a series of short films on antidiscrimination, as well as a network of experts on antidiscrimination law. Information about the project is primarily disseminated through the diskriminacia.sk web portal and the information web site on the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012, occasionally through other pubic media (newspapers, radio, television), as well.
Key project objectives:
- To improve implementation of antidiscrimination legislation
- To develop the public policy to combat discrimination and promote equality in practice
- To encourage distribution of information about EU and Slovak policies and laws on antidiscrimination
The project has six main priorities which will contribute to meeting the projects objectives, both individually and in conjunction:
- To analyse antidiscrimination legislation in practice as an instrument to identify and remove institutional barriers in this area;
- To contribute to reaching a consensus on understanding the principle of equality and equal treatment by experts and to create room for an expert-level discussion of all relevant stakeholders;
- To create room for dissemination of information about European and national policies and laws on non-discrimination and to facilities discussion on their implementation, including awareness-raising of future leaders and policy-makers;
- To raise awareness among vulnerable groups, Roma communities in particular, about the basic concept of discrimination and means to combat in practice;
- To analyse the needs with respect to data collection within the monitoring of compliance with the equal treatment principle and to propose measures for its improvements
- To create an information platform and communication instruments for the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012.
- general public
- public administration
- students and young people
- lawyers and judges
- non-governmental organisations
The project is implemented with support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity PROGRESS (2007/2013) and the Office of the Slovak Government. The programme was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment, social affairs and equal opportunities areas, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Europe2020 strategy goals in these fields. The programme is implemented by the European Commission.
The seven-year programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies, across the EU-27, EFTA-EEA and EU candidate and pre-candidate countries.
For more information see: http://ec.europa.eu/progress
The responsibility for the content of this information is born by the Citizen, Democracy and Accountability.