Coordination at national level

AuthorChiara Favilli
The Ministry of Labour and Social Policies and the Department for Equal Opportunities
share respon sibility for coordinating equal treatment issues in the fields covered by the
A national anti-racism action plan was presented by the Ministry of Labour and Social
Policies durin g the meeting that th e Governmen t held on 7 August 2015. Several press
releases were made available regarding this presentation, but no further information has
been given about it subsequently. The official d ocument of th e plan remains unavailable
on the UNAR website, a nd it is not on the Ministry of Labour web site either. It could not
even be found in a search of the Official Journal and legal databases. Up to the time of
drafting this report, no official document has been available except for the press release
for the Government’s meeting at which the strategy was presented. Following a request
made directly to UNAR, copies of the plan and of the related decree were forwarded to a
mailing list of migration lawyers. However, there is no official record of the plan. Even more
seriously, there is no record of its effective implementation. The restructuring of UNAR (the
change of director and the majority of its staff) may be one of the reasons for the plan not
being implemented and/or for information about it not being disseminated. Another reason
might be the absence in Government of any ministerial office with responsibility for
integration affairs whereas, thanks to the previous existence of such an arrang ement, the
national Roma strategy was adopted an d the drafting of the Anti-Racism Action Plan was
begun. It seems that the Government lacks a minister who is willing and able to act in the
field of anti-racism, with the paradoxical situation that the only relevant governmental
office is UNAR, the equality body, which is supposed to be independ ent.
There is a certain uneasiness in commenting on a document whose nature and legal effects
are so uncertain, especially in the absence of any practical impact. Therefore, as far as we
are concerned, the plan has been formally ad opted, yet without having any effectiveness.
This is equivalent to non-adoption, and during the years following its adoption no significant
step has been taken to change this situation of inactivity. The situation has not changed
during 2019.

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