22nd-23rd November 2012 | Nicosia (Cyprus)

The Equality Summit 2012 will provide evidence that equality and accessibility policies can help support growth, economic development and prosperity. It will highlight the importance of equality policies and legislation for the most vulnerable groups in the current difficult financial context. The Summit will bring together around 300 high-level delegates (governments, NGOs, social partners, media, academics, independent experts, etc.) from European Union Member States and acceding countries.

The Equality Summit promotes equal rights and equal opportunities for all in the EU. It is an occasion for sharing knowledge and experiences with the goal of developing more effective ways of counteracting all forms of discrimination. The Summit targets particularly discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion and belief, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender.Since 2007, the Equality Summit has been co-organised annually by the Member State holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of the year together with the European Commission.This year’s event will be the 6th Equality Summit.Participation is by invitation only. Further information on the event, including the agenda, is available at http://ec.europa.eu/justice/events/equality-summit-2012/index_en.htm

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