Implementation issues

AuthorFavilli, Chiara
Dissemination of information, dialogue with NGOs and between social
a) Dissemination of information about legal protection against discrimination (Article
After its i nstitution, UNAR launched a number of i nitiatives aimed at raising awareness
(seminars and other public relati ons events), some of which have had a n impact.
According to its annual reports, UNAR has achieved a good degree of visibility, and this
has been accompanied by an increase in the attention paid by legal scholars to anti-
discrimination issues. Since 2014, however, there has been a gradual decrease in the
intensity of these sorts of activities. Notwithstanding that some work, beside the acti vity
of the contact centre, was undertaken during 2018 after the appoint ment of the new
director, this is still a weak point. It is worth menti oning that a consultative committee on
LGBT issues has been set up, comprising representative of NGOs an d associations
working on LGBT issues.52
Beyond UNAR’s activities, there are no specific governmental initiatives to disseminate
information about legal protection agai nst discrimination. In fact, OSCAD has the task of
protecting victims rather than dissemin ating information on anti -discrimination law.
Occasional actions have been promoted by the regions and local authori ties.
b) Measures to encourage dialogue with NGOs with a view to promoting the pri nciple
of equal treatment (Article 12 of Directive 2000/43 and Article 14 of Directive
Dialogue wi th NGOs on race and eth nicity should be one of U NAR’s priorities. The most
relevant activity in thi s regard is the creation of the consultative committee on LGBT
issues, since it comprises representative of associations and NGOs working on LGBT
c) Measures to promote dialogue between social partn ers to give effect to the principle
of equal treatment w ithin work place p ractices, cod es of p ractice, workforce
monitoring (Article 11 of Directive 2000/43 and Article 13 of Directi ve 2000/78)
In Italy, no measure has been taken to promote dialogue between social partners so as
to combat discrimination.
d) Addressing the situation of Roma and Travellers
As coordinator of Italy’s national Roma strategy, UNAR conti nues to promote the
application of the strategy at both national and regional levels. 54 So far, however, there
have been no visible results, nor have any actions been carried out to apply the strategy.
At any rat e, no public documents , reports or projects have been disseminated to explain
how UNAR is implementing the strategy.
54 Italy, National Strategy for the inclusion of Roma, Sinti and Travellers 2012-2020 (Strategia nazionale
d’inclusione dei Rom, dei Sinti, e dei Caminanti 2012/2020), pp. 22-32.

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