MINELRES: EC: Expert group to promote inclusion of ethnic minorities in the EU

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For Diversity - Against Discrimination 

Expert group to promote inclusion of ethnic minorities in the EU   
The first meeting of a high-level group of experts analysing the social
inclusion of ethnic minorities in the EU took place yesterday. The
group, established by the European Commission under its strategy for
tackling discrimination, comprises 10 eminent personalities from
business, local politics, civil society, the academic world and the
media, headed by former President of the German Parliament, Rita
Sussmuth. This inaugural meeting was opened by Vladimir Spidla, EU
Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.

The group will focus on issues such as good practices in the integration
of disadvantaged ethnic groups in the labour markets and on the
promotion of pragmatic, workable concepts in this area. In its work, the
group will draw on a new study launched by the Commission as well as on
the experiences from existing EU programs, such as the Community
initiative EQUAL. It will report back before the end of 2007 with policy
recommendations on how the EU can approach the problems of social and
labour market exclusion for disadvantaged minorities.

Further information and members of the group

Training workshops on litigation strategies

New training sessions on using the provisions of the Race Equality
Directive at national level are being organised by the EU-funded SOLID
project in Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Spain and France. 

Aimed at NGOs, the sessions will train participants not only in legal
standards and use of litigation, but also in the development of
longer-term strategies - on litigation and support for victims of

The sessions form part of a training programme in strategic litigation
developed by the transnational SOLID project - supported by the
Community Action Programme to combat discrimination.

Details and how to apply

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