Policy positions

May 2018 - Joint statement on EU Funds for equality between men and women, accessibility for persons with disabilities and non-discrimination

ENAR and a coalition of European NGOs called upon the Council of the European Union, the Commission and the European Parliament to uphold equality between women and men, accessibility for persons with disabilities and non-discrimination in the proposal for the Common Provisions Regulation 2021-2027, as well as in the Funds specific regulations.

May 2018 - People of African descent in Europe: EU policy developments and recommendations

This document summarises key developments relating to People of African Descent at the EU level as context for the EU People of African Descent Week, which took place from 14 to 17 May 2018. It highlights recommendations for EU policymakers to promote inclusion of people of African descent and combat Afrophobia/anti-black racism.

April 2018 - Promoting fair and efficient policing for Roma and Travellers in the EU - One step forward to end Antigypsyism

This briefing includes examples of ethnic profiling practices specifically targeted at Roma Sinti and Travellers and recommendations for EU and Member States.

March 2018 - Intersectionality and policy-making on discrimination in the European Union

This briefing sheds light on the origin and current use of this concept. It explains why policy makers should adopt an intersectional approach, how it is relevant in EU policy making, and highlights some of the challenges in implementing intersectionality in policymaking.

January 2017 - Towards an EU Framework for national strategies to combat Afrophobia and promote the inclusion of people of African descent and Black Europeans
ENAR calls for an EU framework for national strategies to combat Afrophobia and to promote the inclusion of people of African descent and Black Europeans to complement the EU 2020 Strategy and in recognition of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.

October 2016 - Wearing the headscarf in the workplace
ENAR’s and Amnesty International’s observations on discrimination based on religion in the Achbita and Bougnaoui cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

May 2016 - Joint statement: Whose values? Upholding the rule of law and universal human rights for all and at any time
ENAR, the European Women’s Lobby, ILGA-Europe and CEJI-A Jewish contribution to an inclusive Europe issued this statement ahead of a meeting of the General Affairs Council of the European Union to discuss integration of migrants in a rule of law dialogue. We call on all EU Member States to live up to their obligations to promote human rights for all, to act for equality and the protection of all victims of bias violence. They should condemn any attempt at fuelling stigmatisation of specific communities and denounce public discourse that sets one group against another.

March 2016 - Joint civil society statement on counter-terrorism: EU and Member States must respect human rights
ENAR and other human rights organisations have issued a joint statement calling on the EU and its Member States to respect human rights and the rule of law in counter-terrorism measures. While there is a need to ensure the population is safe, security measures should not lead to violations or restrictions on human rights.

September 2015 - European Commission Colloquium on Fundamental Rights - Civil society recommendations for a meaningful colloquium
On 1 and 2 October 2015, the European Commission held its first annual colloquium on fundamental rights on the theme "Preventing and combating anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hatred in Europe". Civil society organisations call on the European Commission and Member States to ensure the event puts forward concrete recommendations that will be followed up by all relevant parties.

September 2015 - Beyond ’refugees welcome’: what will EU Member States do to protect refugees and migrants from violence and discrimination?
Following the EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers’ reluctance to agree on an immediate and straightforward relocation plan, ENAR calls EU Member States to firmly respect fundamental rights and non-discrimination when designing their migration and asylum plans.

June 2015 - Response to the European Commission’s consultation on its annual colloquium on fundamental rights: "Tolerance and respect: preventing and combating anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hatred in Europe"
This joint contribution by ENAR and several of its member organisations highlights some of the key issues that need to be addressed during this annual colloquium taking place on 1-2 October 2015.

February 2015 - ENAR’s demands to the Latvian Council Presidency of the EU
In this document, we identify where Council initiatives and actions can make the difference in EU equality and anti-racism policies and make a number of recommendations to the Latvian Presidency.

January 2015 - Policy statement: EU counter-terrorism policies from an equality perspective: everyone should feel safe in Europe
After the killings in Paris of January 7th and 9th, many have rushed to provide concrete actions against terrorism in Europe. Today, 29th January, Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs meet in Riga to devise the ground for an EU security strategy. The need for security must not lead to discriminating measures that would risk to compromise fundamental rights for all.

January 2015 - Joint statement: Strengthening equality and fundamental rights protection in the EU
At the first fundamental rights round table with the newly appointed European Commission Vice-President, Frans Timmermans on 9 January, anti-discrimination European networks call on him to show clear commitment on strengthening the EU fundamental rights and equality framework and ensuring its enforcement.

September 2014 - Proposals for questions to MEPs for Commissioner-Designates’ hearings
ENAR submitted questions to MEPs for the Commissioner-designate for Justice (Věra Jourová) and Vice-President-designate for Fundamental Rights (Frans Timmermans) concerning their priorities in the new portfolios.

July 2014 - Joint statement for a strong Intergroup on anti-racism in the European Parliament
ENAR and 97 European and national civil society organisations call on MEPs and political groups to establish a strong intergroup on anti-racism in the European Parliament, in order to advance a comprehensive anti-racist agenda and jointly react to manifestations of racism and hate.

May 2014 - Policy statement: European Commission’s reports on EU legislation against racism and discrimination fall short on addressing victims’ need for justice
ENAR welcomes the reports and the efforts by the European Commission to regularly assess Member States’ progress. Our statement focuses on a few aspects crucial to the proper implementation of the Framework Decision and Equality Directives, as well as on existing legislative gaps.

March 2014 - Joint NGO statement on the European Commission Communication on safeguarding the rule of law in the EU
ENAR, together with a coalition of NGOs working in the field of human rights, express concerns that human rights seem to have been sidelined in the discussions. We are particularly concerned that the current debate within the Commission seems to favour a restrictive approach that would limit the scope of the Communication to the rule of law in its narrow interpretation, disregarding the other values listed in Article 2 TEU, most notably respect for human rights.

January 2014 - Response to the European Commission’s consultation on the future of Home Affairs policies: an open and safe Europe - what next?
This response assesses the progress made during the Stockholm Programme to advance a coordinated and transparent future migration policy. ENAR has also contributed to the joint statement by the European NGO Platform on EU Asylum and Migration, of which we are a member.

December 2013 - Progress made in the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategies: ENAR comments
This report is the result and compilation of the responses we have received directly from our network during November 2013.

June 2013 - General Policy Paper on People of African Descent and Black Europeans

June 2013 - NGO statement on the occasion of the final vote on the Asylum Package: Establishing a Common European Asylum System: still a long way to go
ENAR, together with a coalition of NGOs and on the initiative of ECRE, acknowledge the improvements in the second phase of legislative harmonisation but remain concerned about a number of key aspects of the asylum package, including with regard to the detention of asylum seekers.

May 2013 - Joint statement on the Partnership Principle in the EU Asylum and Migration Fund
ENAR, together with a coalition of NGOs and the UNHCR, urge the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission to ensure that the partnership principle with international and civil society organisations is made mandatory for the Asylum and Migration Fund.

May 2013 - Joint NGO statement: EU Seasonal Migrant Workers’ Directive: Ensure effective equal treatment
In view of the on-going trialogue on the proposed EU directive on seasonal workers, ENAR and a coalition of NGOs recall the need to guarantee a uniform and extensive sets of labour rights for third-country workers across the EU.

September 2012 - European Roma Policy Coalition call for action on Roma evictions and expulsions in France and Italy
Call for action to the European Commission, and French and Italian authorities.

May 2012 - Joint civil society statement on access to healthcare services for undocumented migrants in Spain
Reaction to a Royal Decree-Act by the Spanish government, issued on 20 April 2012, restricting the level of healthcare access for irregular migrants.

May 2012 - Joint NGO statement on right to family life and family reunification for migrants
ENAR and 19 other NGOs issued a joint statement calling on EU Member States and the European Commission to safeguard the family life of migrants and refugees.

April 2012 - Seasonal Workers Directive
Letter to MEPs on the LIBE Committee: Orientation vote on the draft report on the proposed Directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of seasonal employment.

April 2012 - General Policy Paper on Roma Inclusion: a Progressive and Rights-Based Approach

March 2012 - Analysis of the National Roma Integration Strategies
Assessment compiled by the European Roma Policy Coalition, of which ENAR is the current rotating chair.

March 2012 - Civil society joint statement on future EU funding in the area of migration and asylum 2014-2020
ENAR and a coalition of civil society organisations active in the area of migration and asylum present key joint recommendations on the European Commission’s proposals for funding EU policies in the area of Home Affairs.

February 2012 - European Commission proposal for the ’Rights and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020’
Joint equality networks’ amendments to the European Commission’s proposal for the ‘Rights and Citizenship Programme’ 2014-2020

January 2012 - "Dignity and respect for ALL" - ENAR messages for the European Year for Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity in 2012

January 2012 - Green Paper on family reunification
ENAR comments regarding the Green Paper on the right to family reunification of third-country nationals living in the European Union - ’On promoting the rights of the family and the right to mobility’

December 2011 - Joint AGE-ENAR position paper on older ethnic minorities and migrants
Older ethnic minorities and migrants: promoting their participation in employment, involvement in the community and independent living as a contribution to the European Year 2012 for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

November 2011 - European integration policy
ENAR comments on the second European Agenda for Integration

October 2011 - EU Roma Framework and Roma Platform
Suggestions by the European Roma Policy Coalition - Consultation meeting with the European Commission

June 2011 - European Roma Platform
Preliminary suggestions from the European Roma Policy Coalition to reform the European Roma Platform

April 2011 - ENAR and V4CE response to EC consultation on public procurement
Green paper of the modernisation of EU public procurement policy: towards a more efficient European Procurement Market}

October 2010 - European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion
ENAR position paper in view of the European Commission exchange with key stakeholders

October 2010 - Roma inclusion
ENAR position paper in view of the Council of Europe’s high level meeting on Roma and Travellers, 20 October 2010, Strasbourg

September 2010 - Rights and protection of victims of crime and violence
ENAR preliminary comments on the European Commission Victims’ Package Consultation Document: "Taking action on Rights, Support and Protection of Victims of Crime and Violence"

August 2010 - European Integration Policy
ENAR preliminary comments on the second European Agenda for Integration

June 2010 - EU Citizens’ rights
ENAR preliminary comments on the European Commission Working Document
’Consultation on EU Citizens’ Rights - the way forward’

January 2010 - 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion
ENAR messages for the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion

December 2009 - General Policy Paper on Migration and Diversity: A Rights-Based Approach to Migration

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