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Fight against discrimination: new rules to boost national equality bodies

On Tuesday, the committees on Women’s Rights and Employment adopted their position on new rules to give national equality bodies more powers, resources and independence.

MEPs want national equality bodies - public institutions that protect, and provide assistance to those who experience discrimination - to be fully independent from external influence in performing their tasks, deciding on their objectives and actions, and in particular as regards their legal structure, accountability, budget, staffing, communication and organisation. Parliament’s draft position on the proposed law introducing new standards for equality bodies was adopted by the committees on Women’s Rights and Employment with 48 in favour, 8 against and 7 abstentions.


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