Coordination at national level

AuthorBiljana Kotevska
The National Coordinating Body on Non-discrimination, established by the Government in
2018, continued to operate.268 This body was established fo r the purposes of monitoring
the situation with non-discrimination and the implementation of all the relevant laws and
policies in this area. The main coordinator in this body is the Minister of Labour and Social
Policy (MLSP). No official report has been released as part of the work of the body yet, but
it seems to be active and working regularly.269
The MLSP is tasked with coordinating issues on anti-discrimination on the grounds covered
in this report, as well as on other grounds mentioned in national legislation.270 The re is a
department for equal opportunities, as well as a deputy minister tasked with non-
discrimination issues.271 A side from this ministry, several other executive departments of
Government also have duties t hat touch upon anti -discrimination on the grounds covered
in this report. The inter-ministerial body on human rights, based within the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, is tasked with, inter alia , strengthening coordination of all the activities of
the ministries and other Government bodies with competences in human rights. One of the
ministers without portfolio is tasked with coordination of all Government activities
pertaining to Roma (until 2015, the Decade of Roma In clusion 2005-2015 and, after that,
the Strategy on Roma). There are also coordinating bodies tasked with monitoring the
implementation of strategic documents related in part to the discrimination grounds that
are the subject of this report, notably those on disability and age.
The ‘National Strat egy on Equality and Non-discrimination (2016-нлн лд’ was adopted in
2016.272 It has the same general goals as its predecessor, the 2012-нлмр ‘National
Strategy on Equal Opportun ities and Non-Discrimination on Grounds of Eth nicity, Age,
Mental and Physical Disability and Genderз’273 which are: advancing the legal framework
for equality and non-dis crimination; strengthening the capaciti es and advancing the work
and cooperation of the institutional mechanisms for prevention and prot ection against
discrimination and p romotion of equal treatment; ra ising awareness i n recognising form s
of discrimination; and promoting the concepts of non -discrimination and equal
opportunities. The introduction of the strategy states that it was prepared on the basis of
an evaluation of the implementation of the previous strategy which, according to the text,
found that the strategy had had a positive role in the development of non-discrimination
policy in the country.274 This evaluation has not been published.
Unlike its predecessor, the new strategy focuses on fields, rather than grounds. Moreover,
compared to the previous documentз it includes a reference to ‘LGBTI’ people in the mission
of the strategy. Specificallyз the strategy’s mission is:
‘Effective protection against discrimination and respect for the principle of equal
opportunities and prohibition of discrimination against any person and/or groups of
268 Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (2018),     
 (National Coordinating Body on Non-discrimination established), available at:
269 Information unofficially acquired by the author of this report.
270 Ministry of Labour and Social Policy:
271 Ministry of Labour and Social Policy:
272 Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (2016),      
2016-2020 (National Strategy on Equality and Non-discrimination (2016-2020), available at:
273 Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (2012),       
   з з       нлмн-2015 (National
Strategy on Equal Opportunities and Non-Discrimination on Grounds of Ethnicity, Age, Mental and Physical
Disability and Gender 2012-2015), available at:
274 Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (2016), National Strategy on Equality and Non-discrimination (2016-

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