Regions are main stakeholders when it comes to promoting fundamental rights in their territory. The European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has published a very useful online toolkit to help public officials improve the protection and promotion of fundamental rights. The Training Academy organised in Brussels on 19 September allowed participants not only to get an … [Read more...]
You will find here all information and articles related to the work of our Vice-President's portfolio on Equal Opportunities and Integration.
Equal Opportunities has been a core topic at AER for many years. Equal opportunities goes beyond gender equality and looks at all types of discrimination. The topic of integration covers issues including migration and the refugee crisis.
The Swedish Government has published a white paper that highlights abuses and rights violations of Roma in the 1900s. It highlights the mapping of Roma, sterilisation and taking custody of children, entry ban and regulated immigration and, finally, access of Roma to housing, education and work. "I welcome this openness from the Swedish government, and call upon others to … [Read more...]
At times of crisis, where employment is a concern for everyone, how can regions promote the inclusion of people with disabilities into professional life? This was the question raised by the Conference on the Employment of Persons with disabilities organised by EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities) on September 27th in Istanbul. AER … [Read more...]
On 12 June, 15 participants from different regions kicked off AER's school dropout initiative in Brussels. They defined their objectives, work plan and methodology and set a 2 years calendar. Members of the working group will collect and present prevention measures at the next Committee 3 meeting on 30 and 31 October 2013 in Strasbourg. Further steps will focus on intervention … [Read more...]
Organised jointly by AER and the region of Acores (P), AER Summer School3 took place between 20 and 25 August 2012. During the AER Summer Schools regional and European decision-makers, regional officers and young people had the chance to discuss the important topic of culture and creative industries in times of economic crisis. The UN declaration of Human Rights tells us why … [Read more...]
Vienna (A), 9 May 2012 9 May is Europe Day. It is on the 9th of May 1950 that Robert Schuman proposed to create a democratic and peaceful Europe, paving the way to European integration. But no integration, no peaceful relations would be possible without ensuring that equal opportunities for all are in place. 62 years later, we can only regret that equality has not … [Read more...]
AER Youth Regional Network Statement Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity - Equal rights for all The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union states explicitly in Article 21 that “Any discrimination based on any grounds such as sex, race (…) or sexual orientation shall be prohibited”. Also the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and … [Read more...]
La Rochelle, Poitou-Charentes (F), 20th October 2011 The working group “Equal Europe for People with Disabilities” of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) met this Thursday in La Rochelle (F) to the kind invitation of Segolène Royal, President of Poitou-Charentes, and Michèle Sabban, President of AER, to exchange views on successful strategies for implementing the UN … [Read more...]
Strasbourg (F), 1st September 2011 The Assembly of European Regions (AER) has established close ties with Tunisia since the events that took place in the beginning of the year and strongly supports the challenge the country has set itself in instituting the principle of gender parity for the next election of a constituent Assembly on 23rd October. As gender equality has … [Read more...]
Migration and integration Table of contents: Editorial: Michèle Sabban, President A warm welcome? Reaping the benefits: Tampere declaration Interview: David Kirk, Hampshire (UK) Interview: Rinus Penninx, professor of ethnic studies and director of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) at the University of Amsterdam (NL) Different strokes… … [Read more...]
Equal opportunities Table of contents: Editorial: Michèle Sabban, AER Vice President Vice President of the Region Ile de France-F Equal opportunities - might is not right Equal treatment of the disabled: combating prejudice Gender equality, some way still to go Interview: Monica Ekström, County Commissioner of Värmland-S Equality irrespective of … [Read more...]
Tällberg, Dalarna (Sweden), 2 November 2001 The annual Conference of the working group of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) responsible for equal opportunities for men and women took place on 2nd November 2001 in Tällberg (Dalarna, Sweden). Three issues were on the agenda for this working session which was chaired by Mrs Carin Palmcrantz, First … [Read more...]