Workshop – Independent Assistance Competences of Equality Bodies by Niall Crowley
The speaker at this workshop was Niall Crowley, an Equality and Human Rights expert from Ireland. He presented the results of his research which were published in the European Equality Law Review (July 2021).
In his presentation he set out the relevant European standards for independent assistance competences of equality bodies. In applying the standards, he made use of the indicators being developed by Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies, to measure implementation of these standards. He discussed the importance of independent assistance competences, European standards on the independent assistance competences of equality bodies and issues for equality bodies in relation to their independent assistance competences. A set of recommendations and possible questions for discussion concluded his presentation. He recommended the European Commission to develop and agree with the Member States, on a body of indicators for these competences to measure implementation of the standards set out in its Recommendation. Also, the European Commission should build some leverage behind the implementation of the standards at Member State level.