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European Year of Equal Opportunities for All (2007) – Towards a Just Society
The aim of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All is to raise awareness of the advantages of a just and solidarity-based society. It advocates awareness-raising initiatives to combat discriminatory attitudes and behaviour and to inform people of their legal rights and obligations. It takes an across-the-board approach to non-discrimination that should ensure the correct and uniform application of the Community legislative framework throughout Europe by highlighting its essential principles and gaining the active support of the public for legislation on non-discrimination and equality.
Decision No 771/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 establishing the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All (2007) – towards a just society.
In spite of the progress achieved so far at European level in eliminating discrimination and promoting equal opportunities, much remains to be done. All legislation, regardless of the care taken in its drafting, will go unheeded if the political will to translate it into long-term action is lacking and if it does not benefit from widespread public support.
The European Year of Equal Opportunities for All will provide an opportunity to promote a more solidarity-based society. The aim will be to raise public awareness of the substantial Community acquis in the field of equality and non-discrimination and to mobilise everyone concerned in order to drive forward the European Union's new framework strategy on non-discrimination and equal opportunities, also after 2007.
Raising public awareness of the right to equality and non-discrimination
The public must become more familiar with European legislation on equality and non-discrimination, which represent common values and principles in the European Union (EU). The aim in 2007 will be to convey to the entire population the message that everyone, regardless of their gender, race or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, disability, age or sexual orientation, has the right to equal treatment.
Encouraging a debate on ways of strengthening participation in society
A debate and suitable dialogue should be opened with a view to increasing the participation of groups that are victims of discrimination and ensuring balanced participation among men and women.
Celebrating and welcoming diversity
The aim of this European Year will be to raise awareness of the positive contribution anyone can make to society as a whole, regardless of their gender, race or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, disability, age or sexual orientation.
Working towards a more solidarity-based society
The European Year will encourage efforts to raise public awareness of how important it is to promote good relations between the various groups in society, particularly young people, and to eliminate stereotypes, prejudice and violence.
CONTENT OF THE ACTIONS, BUDGET AND SELECTION OF GRANT APPLICATIONS
The actions, whether conducted at Community or national level, aim to achieve the four objectives defined above and comprise:
- meetings and events (e.g. launch and closing conferences, the first annual summit on equality);
- information and promotion campaigns (logo, slogans, competitions, etc.);
- surveys and studies at Community or national level.
The budget earmarked for the 2007 European Year for the period from 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2007 is 15 million euros, including 6 million euros for the period ending 31 December 2006.
Community-level actions may receive subsidies of up to 80% or give rise to a public open tender financed by the general budget of the EU. Local, regional or national measures can receive a maximum of 50% co-financing from the general budget of the EU for total consolidated costs.
The Commission will guarantee that the activities defined at European level are consistent with and complement other relevant actions at Community level (Structural Funds, rural development, education, citizenship, fundamental rights) and at national and regional levels.
Work in partnership with the participating countries
Participation in the Year is open to the Member States, EFTA/EEA countries, candidate countries benefiting from a pre-accession strategy, Western Balkan countries in accordance with the arrangements laid down in their respective agreements, and partner countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).
Each Member State shall establish or designate a national implementing body to organise its participation in the European Year, define the national strategy and priorities and select the individual actions to be proposed for Community funding.
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Decision No 771/2006/EC
OJ L 146 of 31.5.2006