This is the first ‘issue’ of ENAR’s
electronic Weekly Mail. Information included in this weekly mailing will cover
ENAR’s activities & publications, as well as news and information from or
about ENAR member organisations, other NGOs and EU institutions. We will aim as
much as possible to not use attachments, but provide you with web links, so as
not to make these mails too “heavy”. Please forward this weekly mailing to
all ENAR members in your countries.
This is only a first “try-out”. Both content and layout will be improved as we go along. Any suggestions – with regard to both fact and form – will be most welcome.
We will aim to issue the Weekly Mail in English and French every Friday. If there is any news you want to share with the network through the Weekly Mail, please send it to Maartje (email@example.com) on Wednesday evening at the latest, in order for it to be included in the next Weekly Mail.
The Secretariat of ENAR now has 4 staff members:
o Pauline Geoghegan (firstname.lastname@example.org), part-time Interim Director,
o Myriam De Feyter (email@example.com), Administrator,
o Jean O’Connor (firstname.lastname@example.org), Web and Reports Officer and
o Maartje Houbrechts (email@example.com), Information and Communication Officer.
On 15 August a new Policy Officer, Ms Anna Visser, will join the team, and the recruitment of a new Director is under way. The team will be complete after the finalisation of the recruitment of a Secretary and Campaign Officer.
Press release: Uncertainty on
Constitution threat to fundamental rights
On 30 June ENAR issued a press release to announce its most recent publication - The EU Constitution and Racism: New Legal Tools - and to express its concern about the delay in the ratification of the EU Constitutional treaty. Although the Treaty does not represent a major break from previous treaties on social issues, it contains a number of important innovations in the area of equality, ethnic minorities, anti-discrimination and racism. Link to the press release: http://www.enar-eu.org/en/press/2005-06-30.shtml
· Press release: Anti-discrimination should remain high priority on EU agenda
On 1 July, ENAR issued
a press release after the end of a EU conference, entitled Mainstreaming
Diversity: opening the debate with the whole of society held on 27-28 June 2005. The conference was
addressed by ENAR Chair Bashy Quraishy and Board member Franco Bariluzzi
Before the conference,
ENAR-Luxembourg and CLAE (Comité de Liaison et d’Action des Etrangers) sent a letter
to the Prime Minister of Luxembourg welcoming the conference but expressing concern about the fact that the
Race Equality Directives have not yet been transposed into national Luxembourg
law, and recommending him to publicly announce the transposition at the
For the full text of
the letter (in FR), contact Franco Barilozzi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Fact sheet on the European
Constitution – Equality and the EU Constitution
The National Bureau against Racial Discrimination (LBR), the National Coordination of ENAR in the Netherlands, has published a 7-page fact sheet on the consequences of the implementation of the EU Constitution regarding equal treatment, in cooperation with four other Dutch non-discrimination organisations working on gender, sexual orientation, age and disability. It gives an overview of some of the positive changes in the field of equal treatment and the fight against discrimination (on grounds of sex, race, ethnicity, disability, age and sexual orientation) by comparing the Constitution with the treaties that currently form the basis of the EU.
The fact sheet is available in English and Dutch at the below links:
CESTIM, an ENAR
associate in Italy, is leading an application for a grant under the INTI
Program 2005. The concept paper is entitled: N. Mandela Intercultural
Workshop. Creation of a workshop for the coordination and evaluation of
integration projects implemented on a European level. The aim of the project is to create and develop an intercultural
workshop to scientifically analyse projects, initiatives and events throughout
Europe in order to identify strong cultural elements that can be transferred
and applied in different geographical areas. For more information, to obtain the paper (available in EN and FR) or to
participate in the project, please contact Luciano Scagliotti
ECRI: Discrimination Against Roma
ECRI (European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance) released five new country reports, on Albania, Croatia, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Each report found serious failures to protect the Roma populations in these countries from racial discrimination, poverty, and human rights violations.
Read Dzeno’s article on the reports: http://www.dzeno.cz/?c_id=7802 (EN only)
ECRI’s country-specific reports are available in
and the national language of the country concerned.
Legal victory for Greece’s Roma
The 300,000 Roma living in Greece won a major judicial victory on 8 June with the decision of the European Committee of Social Rights to condemn Greek policies towards the housing and accommodation of Roma. The Committee held that the current situation in Greece is a violation of Article 16 of the European Social Charter, guaranteeing protection of family life and family housing for all Europeans.
Read more: http://www.dzeno.cz/?c_id=7813 (EN only)
Action Programme to Combat Racism – mailing list
You can sign up to the
European Commission’s contacts database to receive regular updates on the
Community Action Programme to Combat Racism, including news of funding
opportunities, new publications, events, etc. IF you want to sign up, register
The EU is to develop a
common system for immigration and asylum and a single external border control
strategy. The Luxembourg Presidency was committed to furthering the common
asylum policy, working towards the long-term resident status of refugees and
developing the return and readmissions policy. Read more:
EU Constitution - let the people vote?
The European Council
adopted the final text of the Constitutional Treaty on 18 June 2004. The Treaty
was signed on 29 October 2004. Starting on this date, the Member States have,
in principle, two years for its ratification. EurActiv sheds some light on the
state of play in each Member state. Read more:
AI issued an 8-page document on 20 June that looks at new legislation and the treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers in a number of European countries.
Two new editions of EU
reference works providing a comprehensive overview of EU policy and legislation
in the commercial, industrial and social sectors are now available:
Access to European Union (14th edition): this is
an annually revised title that presents the latest economic, political and
legislative developments in each EU policy area. It contains over 1000 exact
references to key Community legal texts and more than 300 bibliographic
references. (Price: 55 Eur/£36)
Social Europe (4th
edition): provides a comprehensive analysis of the major political and
legislative developments that have occurred in the social sector since the
establishment of the Common Market. (Price: 255 Eur/£170)
Both publications are
available (in English only) from:
Service, 43 Avenue Paola, B-1330 Rixensart, Belgium.