Rethinking Diversity - Challenges for Equality in Europe and New Responses
Date: May 26, 2013 – May 31, 2013
Venue: Trakai, Lithuania
Programme (pdf 111 kB)
list of participating organisations (pdf 197 kB)
Minister of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania
Dailis Alfonsas Barakauskas
Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
On behalf of the the Working Groups Making the Case for Equality: Legal Responses to Discriminatory Practices and Building New Coalitions to Address Challenges Faced by Undocumented Migrants we hereby attach the recommendations for the Lithuanian Presidency.
The two sets of recommendations address as follows :
- The implementation of the principle of equal treatment in the European Union. The drafters of the document – Roma Integration House and Human Rights Monitoring Institute together with eleven European non-governmental organizations – call upon the Presidency to facilitate the adoption of the Proposal for a Council Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.
- The rights of the undocumented migrants and the EU migration policies. The drafters of the recommendations – Praxis Community Projects and the Platform for International Cooperation for Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) together with ten European non-governmental organizations – call upon the Presidency to ensure the respect for the rights of all EU residents, regardless of their residence status, in a renewed commitment to smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe.
The recommendations were prepared in cooperation with the UNITED for Intercultural Action – a European network bringing together over 550 civil society organisations active in promoting equality and fighting against racism in 48 European countries.
The Working Groups stand ready to assist the Presidency in implementing the proposed recommendations.
Natalija Bitiukova, Human Rights Monitoring Institute
Lina Vosyliūtė, Roma Integration House
Alex Sutton, Praxis Community Projects
Lilana Keith, PICUM
Geert Ates, UNITED for Intercultural Action