Implementation issues

AuthorKádár, András
8.1 Dissemination of information, dialogue with NGOs and between social
a) Dissemination of information about legal protection against discrimination
Since it was established, the Authority, which as a Government agency works under the
supervision of the Government, has been active in disseminating information about the
legal protection against discrimination.
The Authority’s website ( contain s a lot of in formation,
including the relevant legislation, a brief and clearly formulated description of the
Authority’s scope of competence and the Authority’s case law.
Mention has to be made of a grant provided to the Authority with the aim of enhancing its
effectiveness and accessibility within the framework of the Social Renewal Operative
Programme 5.5.5 (herein after referred to as the TÁMOP project). The TÁMOP project was
financed by the European Social Fund and the Hungarian state; it ran from 2009 to 2014.262
The total TÁMOP project budget was approximately EUR 2 679 410 (HUF 911 million).263
As the first element of the project, an equal treatment referee system was established in
September 2009. The 20 referees (lawyers, solicitors) were initially based in the Houses
of Opportunities (a regional equal opportunities network) in every county seat and in the
capital. Since 2011, a more diverse system has been in place, and the referees are now
available for consultations in the offices of NGOs, Government offices and community
centres. They forward complaints of discrimination, provide assistance to the complainants
in formulating their petitions and operate as a kind of filtering system. In 2017, the referee
system served 1 618 clients and forwarded 73 complaints to the Authority.264 In 2018,
these numbers were 1 576 and 64, respectively.265
The TÁMOP project consisted of three further elements.
The first element was a series of campaigns, aimed at raising awareness among the general
public. Its activities included the following:
forwarding the Authority’s newsletter to over 2 500 addresses;
organising 10 workshops for 100 participants each (6 in universities) participating in
over 350 events (conferences, workshops) aimed at transferring knowledge about
the issue of non-discrimination;
arranging close to 1 000 appearances on radio and over 1 700 on television;
publishing 3 000 copies of a short film about non-discrimination and 3 000 copies of
a multimedia DVD on the issue;
organising different competitions (for short films dealing with non-discrimination; for
artwork by young people that was later turned into a travelling exhibition; and a
design competition);
placing over 23 000 posters and 200 giant posters and circulating over 80 000
The second element consisted of a series of training events held by the Authority for
teachers, social workers and the media, combined with workshops with NGOs and public
262 For information on the project grant, see
263 Unless indicated otherwise, the results of the programme are presented on the basis of its closing study,
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