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Implementing European Anti-Discrimination Law

Migration Policy Group

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2002–July 31, 2004
  • Location Brussels, Belgium
  • Geographic Focus Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia

About this grant

Expansion of the European Union (EU) is a vital issue in Central/Eastern Europe, with 10 countries currently negotiating for future EU membership. However, before gaining membership in the EU, all candidate countries have to adopt a body of law containing a directive for "implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin." Therefore, each candidate country will have to enact legislation and educate its judges, prosecutors and other public officials about new legal standards. In addition, the non-governmental organization (NGO) community will need to understand the new legislation and encourage citizens to act in accordance.Multiyear funding will support objectives that include organizing workshops to provide needed information to key persons; conducting advocacy and awareness-raising activities to ensure that the requirements of the EU Directive are adequately addressed; and providing technical assistance and advice to national governments and EU institutions.The Migration Policy Group is an independent organization that works to improve policy development on migration and related issues of diversity and anti-discrimination through facilitated exchanges and policy analysis.