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European Equality Law Network

European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination

Comparative analyses published

The network has published the gender and non-discrimination comparative analyses for 2015. These two reports are among the most authoritative instruments for those following and interpreting the development of EU gender and non-discrimination law. They provide an overview and analysis of the implementation of EU non-discrimination and gender law in the EU Member States, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia and Turkey. They include the latest and most important legal developments at national level, such as case law and legislative amendments.

A comparative analysis of non-discrimination law in Europe 2015 (PDF 1.12 MB)
A comparative analysis of gender equality law in Europe 2015 (PDF 1.03 MB)


In order to effectively promote equality and tackle discrimination in the European Union it is important to understand the effects of the EU's equal treatment and non-discrimination legislation.

The European Commission therefore set up the former network of legal experts in gender equality and the network on non-discrimination to support its work by providing independent information and advice on relevant developments in the Member States. The two networks were merged in December 2014 and are now jointly managed by Human European Consultancy, the Migration Policy Group (MPG) and Utrecht University (UU) on behalf of the European Commission.

A primary task of the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination is to provide reliable, expert information to enable the Commission to fulfil their role as guardian of the treaties. The disclosure and gathering of information on gender equality and non-discrimination legislation, case law and developments at national level, that is often not easily accessible due to the specificities of national legal systems, language barriers and difficulties in finding relevant information, is therefore one of the key goals of the new network.

The dissemination of general information about the acquis (communautaire and national), the latest developments at the EU level and in the countries involved in the network, remains a vital issue both for the further implementation of gender equality and non-discrimination law and its further development. Only upon the basis of the disclosure of gender equality and non-discrimination problems persisting in the Member States and other countries involved in the network, will it be possible to develop sound policies and legal rules for remedying these.

On this website the network publishes information on developments in gender equality and non-discrimination law at the Member State and European level. More information can be found via our legal developments page and the individual country pages.

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Go to the website of Utrecht University
Go to the website of the Migration Policy Group

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