MINELRES: EC Non-Discrimination news: 25th April 2007

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Commission announces new calls for proposals

Two calls for tender have recently been published by the European

Call VT/2007/035 concerns activities promoting and developing the
business case for diversity. Tasks will include fresh surveys on
diversity management strategies in companies,  including small and
medium-sized enterprises, and reporting on the place of innovation and
creativity in the business case for diversity.  The deadline for
submitting a bid is 26 June 2007. 

Call VT/2007/026 is for the establishment of a European Network of
socio-economic experts on non-discrimination and diversity. The
objectives of the network include contributing to a better understanding
of diversity and the impact of discrimination, analysing progress made
in the field and identifying best practice. The network will organise
seminars and workshops, and will also develop a ‘toolbox’ of materials
for different target audiences. The deadline for submitting a bid to
this call is 25 May 2007.

For further information

New leaflet on PROGRESS

The PROGRESS programme took over the baton from the Community Action
Programme to combat discrimination at the beginning of this year. The
programme also integrates four other policy strands including gender

A new 12-page information leaflet sets out how PROGRESS will rationalise
and streamline EU funding across these policy areas over the next seven
years. The aim is to support EU Member States address the considerable
challenges Europe faces in employment and social affairs.

Download the leaflet

Journalist Award winners announced

An undercover report on working conditions for migrant workers in Italy
has won first prize in the 2006 ‘For Diversity. Against Discrimination.’
Journalist Award. Italian journalist Fabrizio Gatti researched the
article by working alongside other migrants in southern Italy,
witnessing a situation he likened to slavery.

Second prize went to Hungarian journalist Miklos Hargitai for his
article tackling the complex issue of adoption of children from ethnic
minority groups. Third prize was claimed by Petra Sjouwerman from
Belgium, who highlighted the benefits of one company’s recruitment of
autistic workers. 

A special Young Journalist Award went to Henna Helne from Finland for
her piece on people facing discrimination on multiple grounds of age,
gender and ethnic origin.

European Commissioner Vladimir Spidla presented the winners with
trophies at a ceremony in Brussels on 16 April. The journalists also
receive a total of over Eur10 000 prize money for study trips within the
European Union.

The 2007 edition of the EU Journalist Award is open for entries.
Journalists from the 27 EU Member States are invited to submit their
work by the deadline of 30 September 2007.

For further information

April Spotlight: Data collection

This month’s Spotlight feature on the anti-discrimination website looks
at the topic of data collection. It highlights the need to collect data
and develop indicators that can contribute to policy-making in the field
of non-discrimination. The Spotlight highlights other uses and
applications of data, looks at privacy issues and gives an overview of
action and studies at European level.  

Read the Spotlight here

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