Report on the activity of the Equal Treatment Authority in 2009

I commend the fifth annual report of the Equal Treatment Authority to your flattering attention.
In the past years the structure of the reports has somewhat changed, primarily in order to satisfy ”consumer needs”, secondarily to provide a clear summary of new phenomena observed and experience obtained in actions taken against discrimination.
In 2010, we intend to present the comparative evaluation of the key features of five years’ work, the significance of arrangements and enforcement of claims of public interest in combating discrimination, and, for the first time, we describe the activity of, the results achieved by the most significant anti-discrimination program in Hungary implemented by European Union support.
Experience has shown that description of particular legal cases has drawn the greatest attention for years; so, summary on cases divided into subject matters, is provided in this report too.
In order to strengthen the capacity of disadvantaged social groups to enforce their rights, we are to accomplish work to be done in several decades—in cooperation with parliamentary commissioners, social interest representations, NGO’s and fellow authorities. It is an accomplishment, however, that the Authority has become extensively known in the general public, and an increasingly growing number of university students interested in human rights spend their training practice at the Authority, select growing appreciation of equal treatment as the subject of their thesis and intend to join the work of the Authority. 
I am proud to notice that the decisions of the Authority serve as almost exclusive source of scientific studies published, international reports made on the subject.
The greatest acknowledgement though is the trust and satisfaction shown by the people who turn to us.
It is not without proper grounds that I refer to this point, since September 2009, covering a two years period, subsequently we have been carrying out a questionnaire survey among our clients. The most remarkable findings of this survey are that the work of the Authority is acknowledged even in the scope of those whose application has had to be dismissed for some reason.
Herewith let me offer my thanks to everybody who has supported our work in recent years, especially and primarily to the small yet strong, committed and loyal team.
Dr. Judit Demeter
President