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Italian Presidency: high-level event in Rome to promote equality and combat discrimination

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers Strasbourg 14 March 2022
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Palazzo Montecitorio - Rome

Palazzo Montecitorio - Rome

The promotion of equality, the fight against discrimination and the protection of vulnerable groups are the focus of a high-level event of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers (Rome, March 17th European Parliament Liaison Office & online), in the framework of the 5th meeting of the Steering Committee on Anti-Discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion (CDADI).

The event marks the second biennium in the work of the Committee that developed ground-breaking standard-setting texts promoting comprehensive strategies against hate speech, upholding equality during the Covid-19 pandemic and implementing multi-level policies and governance for intercultural integration. Moreover, the conference will point to achievements and initiatives under way in Italy in the fields of anti-discrimination, diversity and inclusion, in particular of Roma and Travellers, migrants and refugees; and various forms of intolerance linked to religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Opening statements will be delivered by:

  • Elena Bonetti, Minister for Equal Opportunities and Family, Italy
  • Bjørn Berge, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe
  • Benedetto della Vedova, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Italy
  • Pina Picierno, Vicepresident of the European Parliament
  • Francesco Verducci, Vice Chair of the Extraordinary Commission for the fight against intolerance, racism, anti-Semitism and incitement to hatred and violence of the Italian Senate.

Introduction and moderation will be provided by Triantafillos Loukarelis, CDADI Chair and Director, National Office against Racial Discrimination (UNAR), Italy. Chair of European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), Maria Daniella Marouda will also be taking part in the event. Krzysztof Żuk, Mayor of the City of Lublin in Poland which is on the frontline of welcoming refugees from Ukraine to the European Union, will share his experiences about the challenges his city faces.


What is right to equality and freedom from discrimination and how is it protected under the European Convention on Human Rights? See some examples of how the ECHR works to promote equal rights.


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