Implementation issues

AuthorMatthias Mahlmann
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 Anti-Discrimination Agency has produced informati on material, commissioned studies
and held conferences on discrimination matters.440
The German Institute for Human Rights (Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte) has
launched a sp ecial w ebsite f or an onlin e man ual with the t itle A ctive ag ainst
The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung) (BPB) offers
comprehensive information on the topic of discrimination, which is available either on its
website or in various print publications.442
Furthermore, the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and t he Federal
Office of Justice provide online access to up-to-date national law free of charge.443
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 2 000/78)
There are various anti-discrimination initiatives in Germany, most importantly relating to
discrimination on the grounds of race and ethnic o rigin including (institutionalised)
cooperation with NGOs and social partn ers.444 Legislative consultation processes routinely
include a wide range of NGOs.
c) Measures to promot e dialogue between social partners to give effect to the principl e
of equal treatment within workplace practices, codes of practice, workforce
monitoring (Article 11 Directive 2000/43 and Article 13 Directiv e 2000/78)
The Anti-Discrimination Agency, for example, has sought to communicate the value of anti -
discrimination policies for an efficient economy through a conference on the matter and
related publi cations an d programmes, including and underlining the role of social
440 On the activities of the agency, see
441 See
442 For more information see
443 See
444 One example is the Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance (Bündnis für Demokratie und Toleranz), founded
in 2000, which with active support from the German state, currently brings together hundreds of initiatives
working against racism and xenophobia, amongst other things: For other
examples of initiatives against discrimination including social partners see chapter 10 below. The
programme ‘Live democracy’ (Demokratie leben) supports a variety of initiatives to combat racism and other
patterns of discrimination, see https://www.demokratie-
445 The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, for instance, has launched a funding programme for the period
2019-2020, supporting partner projects to combat discrimination in the labour market. Under the motto
Strengthening partnerships for a non-discriminatory labour market - Bundling forces (Partnerschaften für
einen diskriminierungsfreien Arbeitsmarkt stärken - Kräfte bündeln), civil society organisations, together
with partners from business, trade unions and interest groups will be subsidised to develop effective
instruments to prevent or eliminate discrimination in the workplace. See:

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