Report on the activity of the Equal Treatment Authority in 2014

Pursuant to Article 14 (1) of Act CXXV of 2003 on promoting equal treatment and equal opportunity (hereinafter referred to as the Ebktv, following the Hungarian abbreviation), the Equal Treatment Authority (Egyenlő Bánásmód Hatóság, EBH) "regularly informs the public and the Government about the situation concerning the enforcement of equal treatment."
In addition to its regular institutional communication, the Authority complies with this obligation − which was laid down in the law without establishing specific formal or substantial criteria for reporting − by publishing an annual report about its activities, which it also submits to the Hungarian National Assembly.
The overview of our operations in 2014 contains figures, facts and experiences concerning the Authority's application of the law, and thus provides information about the prevailing situation in respect of the effectuation of the principle of equal treatment.
In addition to offering remedies through its case management, performing the examination of discrimination complaints and rendering decisions that establish a violation of the principle of equal treatment, the Authority was also engaged in intense project activities throughout the past year.
In the concluding year of the social awareness raising programme that we launched in 2009, we also compiled a detailed overview of the activities aimed at promoting the effectuation of equal treatment through communications instruments.
The nine lawyers on the Authority's staff managed over 1,000 petitions during the past year and have launched 432 investigations. As a result of its proceedings, the Authority rendered 251 administrative decisions in 2014.
There were 23 cases when the Authority determined that the principle of equal treatment had been violated and sanctions were possible and necessary. A hundred cases were concluded with decisions rejecting the complaint or the underlying actio popularis, while in a further 27 cases the Authority decided to endorse a settlement concluded by the parties.
In the framework of the Social Renewal Operative Programme (Társadalmi Megújulás Operatív Program, hereinafter referred to as TÁMOP following the Hungarian abbreviation), the seven staff members of the TÁMOP office offered four university workshops, three experience sharing consultations, 13 exhibitions and three competitions, in addition to implementing a new design for the Authority's administrative and online interfaces.
We recommend this report about our legal and project activities to the general public, the members of the National Assembly, decisions-makers and all stakeholders and interested parties.
The following report informs about the activities performed in 2014 in the interest of enforcing the principle of equal treatment by the presumably smallest organisation with autonomous legal status within the Hungarian system of public administration.
Dr. Agnes Honecz
President