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Strategic Enforcement: Powers and Competences of Equality Bodies

This report is a product of Equinet’s Working Group 2 on Strategic Enforcement. It aims to provide equality bodies with an insight into the competences and powers of strategic enforcement that are available to the individual bodies, how they work, what can be achieved with these powers and how they can be strategically employed, and in this way facilitate the bodies’ work towards uniform implementation of EU anti-discrimination law and levelling-up of legal protection for victims of discrimination.

This is the first of two reports to be produced by Equinet’s Working Group 2. Articles in this report cover the following topics: legal assistance to individuals, formal investigations and inquiries, interventions and amicus curiae applications, and positive duties to promote equality. The second report, due in 2006, will focus on more specific issues regarding the effective and strategic enforcement of the equality bodies’ powers.