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Guidelines on improving the collection and use of equality data


EU High Level Group on Non-discrimination, Equality and Diversity

Subject Keywords: Equality, Discrimination, Human Rights
Catalogue: Guidance
Type: Guideline
Region: Europe

The European Union (EU) has in place an advanced legal framework with which to promote equality and non-discrimination. All 28EUMember States have transposed this legal framework into national law, often going beyond the minimum standards included in the Racial Equality Directive and the Employment Equality Directive.

However, significant proportions of people in the European Union experience discrimination, inequality and social exclusion on a regular basis. This can be based on their gender, ethnic or minority background, skin colour, religious belief, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability, or a combination of these, as findings from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) consistently show.

This calls for a reconsideration of how legislation and policies to promote equality and non-discrimination are implemented and how progress on the ground can be monitored and measured. Equality data are a crucial element of this reconsideration and powerful tools to support the fight against discrimination and exclusion.

This includes, in particular, the disbursement of European Union Structural and Investment Funds, where horizontal EU principles such as the aim to combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation laid down in article 10 TFEU need to be fully respected. This requires Member States to have arrangements in place, including monitoring through the systematic collection of robust and objective data, that ensure the fulfilment of their fundamental rights obligations.




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Suggested citation:

EU High Level Group on Non-discrimination, Equality and Diversity. (2018) Guidelines on improving the collection and use of equality data [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 22nd September 2019].


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