Equinet, the network of European equality bodies, has initiated the formulation of standards applicable at both European and, subsequently, national level. Through their overall activities and as a key element thereof, the 46 member organizations, operating in 34 countries, fight against various forms of discrimination using often diverse mandates, powers and tools. Hungary is represented in Equinet by the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights and the Equal Treatment Authority.
In some Member States, doctors still view homosexuality as a disease and transsexuality as a mental disorder, according to findings from a new report by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Such negative views of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in society, among professional groups and policy makers hampers efforts to counter discrimination and hate crime.
On 2 June 2015, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will publish the findings of its research into the criminal labour exploitation of workers moving within or migrating to the EU. The report is the first to comprehensively explore all criminal forms of labour exploitation in the EU of workers moving within or into the EU, and shows that despite legislation banning the practice, labour exploitation is widespread in the EU.
The Babes-Bolyai University of Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) awarded Ms Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay, the Deputy-Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Ombudsman for the Rights of National Minorities living in Hungary and professor of the Faculty of International and European Studies of the National University of Public Service (Budapest) with the prestigious title of ‘Profesor Honoris Causa'. The awarding ceremony was held in the Aula Magna Hall of the Babes-Bolyai University on 27 February 2015. The title of "Profesor Honoris Causa" was recommended by the Babes-Bolyai University's Faculty of Law.