Implementation issues

AuthorKarin de Vries
8.1 Dissemination of information, dialogue with NGOs and between social
a) Dissemination of information about legal protection against discrimination (Article 10
Directive 2000/43 and Article 12 Directive 2000/78)
The equality bodies described in Section 7 (the local ADVs and the NIHR) play a core role
in the dissemination of information about legal protection against discrimination. They have
been provided with a specific legal mandate to do so.
b) Measures to encourage dialogue with NGOs with a view to promoting the principle of
equal treatment (Article 12 Directive 2000/43 and Article 14 Directive 2000/78)
The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Department of Constitutional Affairs)
co-ordinates all activities in the area of EU law imp lementation issues, since all equal
treatment legislati on is (also) seen as p art of the general principle of equality and non -
discrimination included in Article 1 o f the Constitution. In this capacity and in cooperation
with other ministries it often draws on the work and activities of NGOs. The NIHR also plays
an important role in encouraging dialogue with NGOs with a view to promoting the principle
of equal treatment.
c) Measures to promote dialogue between social partners to give effect to the principle
of equal treatment within workplace practices, codes of practice and workforce
monitoring (Article 11 Directive 2000/43 and Article 13 Directive 2000/78 )
The Ministry of Social Affairs an d Employment is responsible for activities to enhance
compliance with the equal treatment legislation, as far as this legislation applies to
employment relationships. This Ministry has ta ken the initiative for a variety of activities
to inform the general public about the (new) legal standards, to inform social partners and
to stimulate their involvement in the implementation of the legal non-discrimination norms.
In addition, the Ministry is actively engaged in promoting studies and surveys in this field.
d) Addressing the situation of Roma and Travellers
No official body or agency exists that is specifically appointed to address Roma and
Traveller issues at national level. However, in 2009-2010 the Government initiated co-
ordination, mutual support and exchange of information between local authorities in which
a substantial number of Roma people live.345 A set of policy measures wa s drafted by the
Dutch Government in 2011 to foster the social inclusion of Roma and Sinti people, as
requested by the European Commission. In addition, the Dutch Govern ment developed a
qualitative monitoring instrument to measure the social inclusion of Roma and Sint i in the
Netherlands. This inst rument includes in dicators such as education, employment,
healthcare, housing and dialogue with local authorities. This monitor is updat ed every few
years. From the latest report it appears that the social integration of Roma is still ve ry
345 See Tweede Kamer, 2008-2009, 31 700 XVIII, no. 90.
346 See Monitor Sociale Inclusie: meting 3. Tweede vervolgmeting naar de woon- en leefomstandigheden van
Roma en Sinti in Nederland (Monitor on social inclusion: measurement 3. Second follow-up measurement of
the housing and living situation of Roma and Sinti in the Netherlands), 2018:

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