MINELRES: EC: European Year of Equal Opportunities for All; Anti-discrimination and diversity training material online

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For Diversity - Against Discrimination 

2007 starts now: 'European Year of Equal Opportunities for All' gets
green light

The European Commission yesterday welcomed the decision by the Council
and Parliament to designate 2007 as 'European Year of Equal
Opportunities for All'. The year will aim to make Europeans aware of
their right not to be discriminated against, to promote equal
opportunities in areas from work to healthcare, and to show how
diversity makes the EU stronger. The year will have four themes: rights,
representation, recognition and respect, with a total budget of ˆ15
million for the 12 months activities. 

The year's budget will be spent on, inter alia, an EU-wide information
campaign, new Eurobarometer surveys on discrimination and attitudes
towards it, as well as hundreds of national initiatives such writing
competitions for schools on the theme of respect and tolerance or prizes
for companies with the most effective diversity training. There will
also be the first ever Equality Summit gathering together ministers,
equality bodies, civil society and social partners. 

Most activities will be co-ordinated nationally to ensure that they take
place as locally as possible. The ˆ7.6 million dedicated to national,
local and regional activities will be matched by co-financing from
national public and private sources. 

Further information about the Year can be found at this new website:
http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/equality2007/index_en.htm


Anti-discrimination and diversity training: conference material online

The proceedings and all presentations from the recent Annual Conference
of the Community Action Programme to combat discrimination – held in
Warsaw at the end of April – are now available online.

Topics for discussion included training for legal practitioners,
anti-discrimination and diversity training in the workplace, and
training to reach the wider public. A final session made recommendations
for future training needs. The conference also included a ‘training
fair’ where successful training activities were presented. 

Conference web page
http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/fundamental_rights/events/wzconf06_en.htm


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