The European Union has in place an advanced legal framework with which to promote equality and non-discrimination. However, significant proportions of people experience discrimination on a regular basis. This calls for a reconsideration of how legislation and policies to promote equality are implemented and how progress on the ground can be monitored. Equality data are a crucial element of this reconsideration and powerful tools to support the fight against discrimination and exclusion.
The Roundtable on equality data, organised by the European Commission, will focus on examining the obstacles to the collection of equality data and on fostering the exchange of best practices, to encourage Member States, in full respect of their national contexts, to move towards the collection of data disaggregated on the basis of all the relevant discrimination grounds.
This roundtable will gather a wide audience, in particular all those who are interested and involved in how to build an evidence-based approach to promoting equality. This includes data producers and collectors, including equality bodies, statistical institutes, Member States representatives, civil society, academics, EU institutions, EU authorities such as the European Data Protection Supervisor, FRA and other EU agencies and international organisations.