The EAC supports the Washington Resolution of the Council on Global Antidiscrimination (02.03.2011).
18 November 2010, Conference
EAC supported Conference on Anti-Discrimination in Germany (German Anti-Discrimination Conference)
in Merseburgmore information
Dr Prystawik gives a speech at the Anti-Discrimination Conference, 03.06 2009
03 June 2009, Conference
EAC supported Conference on Anti-Discrimination in Germany (German Anti-Discrimination Day)More information
Dr Adolf Ratzka, recipient of the European Citizen Award 2008
European Citizen Award 2008
European Citizen Award goes to Stockholm
Laureate is Dr Adolf Ratzka from the Independent Living Institute
day after Sweden assumed the EU Presidency, Stefan Prystawik, EU
Coordinator of the European Anti-Discrimination Council - EAC will come
to Stockholm to present the 2008 European Citizen Award to Dr Adolf
Ratzka of the Independent Living Institute.
Anti-Discrimination Council dedicates its annual European Citizen Award
to honor extraordinary achievements with eliminating
living conditions over an extended period of time by outstanding members
of society. Adolf Ratzka received the award in 2008, honoring his
successful initiatives for a self-determined life of persons with
Silvia Schmidt, Member of the German Parliament and Chargée d’Affaires for Disabled Citizens with the SPD governing coalition
received the 2007 European Citizen Award. It was also Silvia Schmidt,
who originally approached the EAC cabinet, the decision making body on
the Citizen Award in London – with the proposal to consider Dr Ratzka
for the highest recognition the EAC has to offer.
deliberations it turned out that Dr Ratzka was indeed a European
Citizen, in fact a Citizen of the World (although both are not
prerogatives for receiving the award) in short – a person well worth honoring.
the things he is renowned for, he has been since 1983 Father of the
Swedish Independent Living movement by initiating and leading the pilot
project on personal assistance which was to become the model for the
Swedish Personal Assistance Act of 1994. In recognition of his role in
the reform the Minister of Social Affairs at the time, Mr Bengt
Westerberg, invited Dr Ratzka to be present in Parliament when the Act
was voted into law. Dr Ratzka’s commitment Personal Assistance is the
key to Independent Living and 1989 Founding chair of ENIL, the European
Network on Independent Living which works for disabled citizens’
personal and political power, for self-determination and against
1990-1994 Four years of legal battle, up to the
highest court, against the City of Stockholm which refused him and his
wife the right to adopt a
child, solely and explicitly on the grounds
of his disability. Their victory has been an example and encouragement
for dozens of couples in similar circumstances since.
work in the Slovak Republic under a EU PHARE contract for introducing
mainstream accessible taxi services and personal assistance in
the country. Both pilot projects impacted the country’s legislation.
recognized by TIME magazine as European visionary for the new
millennium mainly for his pioneering work for cash payments replacing
services in kind thereby promoting disabled people’s right to self-determination and freedom of choice.
the middle of the 1980s Dr Ratzka has been invited numerous times by
organizations, government bodies and universities in over thirty
countries in Europe and beyond to lecture, conduct workshops and to
cooperate in projects focusing on the requirements for
de-institutionalization of persons with disabilities such as
accessibility, personal assistance and peer support.
The awards ceremony took place on Thursday, July 2 2009.
The Price of Discrimination
Germany - Spiegel
Low Award in Landmark German Sexism Case
had hoped the case would add teeth to Germany's new anti-discrimination
law. But Sule Eisele-Gaffaroglu was awarded just €11,000 after a court
found she had been the victim of gender bias.
First, the good
news for the plaintiff: A southern German labor court found that Sule
Eisele-Gaffaroglu had indeed been discriminated against by her employer.
That, though, is likely the only bright spot the plaintiff can point to
following the judgment on Thursday. She and her lawyer had asked for
almost a half-million euros in what they hoped would become a landmark
case in German anti-discrimination law. Instead, the court awarded
Eisele-Gaffaroglu €10,818 -- equivalent to three months of her normal
"This verdict demonstrates to companies that violating
human dignity can be done cheaply," Prof Dr Klaus Michael Alenfelder
(EAC Permanent Representative in Germany), Eisele-Gaffaroglu's lawyer in
the case, told SPIEGEL ONLINE.
Battling Bias in Germany
15.08.2008 - Germany - Spiegel
Feared Cost of Anti-Discrimination Law May Not Exist
Germany's anti-discrimination law was passed, opponents said it would
cost the economy €1.73 billion to implement. A new government study has
come to a different conclusion. Battling bias may actually be quite
"Over and over again, German employers have claimed that the
anti-discrimination law leads to massive economic disadvantages," Klaus
Michael Alenfelder, president of the German Society for Anti-Discrimination Law
told SPIEGEL ONLINE. "This new study shows that is nonsense… Every
serious study shows that discrimination is economically inefficient --
it reduces companies' profits."
July 18, 2008, Conference
EAC supported Conference on Anti-Discrimination in Germany (German Anti-Discrimination Day) a Great Success
Alenfelder, Spidla, Prystawik
Spidla and Alenfelder agree on implementation goals
May 6, 2008
talks early this week at the EU Commission in Brussels, Vladimir
Spidla, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal
Opportunities and Prof. Dr. Klaus Michael Alenfelder, Permanent
Representative of the European Anti- Discrimination Council - EAC in
Germany agreed on the urgency of a proper implementation of all EU
Anti-Discrimination Directives in the member states.
Commissioner Spidla, Dr. Stefan Prystawik, EU Coordinator at the EAC
Headquarters in London outlined recent developments in Europe while
Prof. Alenfelder described the current situation Germany as “difficult”.
who is also President of the German Society for Anti-Discrimination Law
– DGADR, quoted his deputy at the Bad Hersfeld based nationwide lawyers
association, Frank Jansen, as saying that the visit to Commissioner
Spidla’s office is a clear indication of support for the EU’s efforts to
ensure proper implementation of the Directives in Germany. Alenfelder
also confirmed that in the run-up to this summer’s trial in the Eisele
vs. R&V case in Germany hitherto unimaginable attempts to discredit
the legal proceedings were undertaken.
Representative informed the Commissioner of vital legal aspects for an
implementation which conforms to the directives:
- National courts must not be too demanding as regards substantiation of discrimination.
Court must ensure that victims of discrimination are awarded the entire
material damages, including loss of pay without any time limit.
Spidla received this information with considerable interest and found
the Kattenstein-formula useful, which provides Germany with a means to
precisely and easily calculate loss of earnings in cases of
discrimination in the workplace on the scientific basis that evaluated
14 Million datasets.
Alenfelder finally demanded an EU wide rule
to include all groups of victims in the amended EU Directives instead of
solely recognizing some groups as victims of discrimination.
EU Coordinator deemed the meeting, in which the Commissioner
demonstrated a very supportive attitude towards the goals of the EAC, as
beneficial and thanked Mr Spidla for the friendly and constructive
Case to Test Boundaries of Discrimination Law
07.04.2008 - Germany - Spiegel
much should discrimination cost? In Germany, it has long been cheap.
But a case currently working its way through the courts may provide
expensive teeth to the country's 19-month-old anti-discrimination law.
Dr Alenfelder (EAC Permanent Representative in Germany) is the lawyer
trying the case of Sule Eisele-Gaffaroglu, a German citizen of Turkish
heritage who is suing her employer for €500,000 ($785,000) on claims she
was demoted because she became pregnant. "The effect will be a
reduction in discrimination. If it's no fun any more. If it's expensive
and it hurts, companies won't do it any more," Alenfelder said.
High-Profile Anti-Discrimination Case in Germany
EAC predicted development –
Major Anti-Discrimination case in a matter of months after implementation of the pertinent EU directives in Germany.
– (EAC) The Permanent Representative of the European
Anti-Discrimination Council in Germany, Professor Dr Klaus Michael
Alenfelder and his Bad Hersfeld (Hessia State) based colleague and
renowned Anti-Discrimination Lawyer Frank Jansen are the leading
litigation lawyers in a massive Sex and Ethnic Discrimination lawsuit
against German insurance and banking giant R&V.
damages of EUR 500.000 seem relatively modest on an international scale
they are indeed huge for Germany. Media coverage in the leading national
dailies followed `suit` this weekend.
The EAC Standardization
Committee members are very content about the developments and progress
being made at last said speaker and EU Coordinator Dr Stefan Prystawik
in London today.
For further information in English please contact the European Anti-Discrimination Council in London info
, for resources in German please follow this link: www.alenfelder.de
18 July 2008, Conference
18 July 2008, Bonn, Germany:
EAC supported Conference on Anti-Discrimination in Germany (German Anti-Discrimination Day) a Great Success further information
Alenfelder, Parent, Spidla
Spidla: Start Combating Discrimination Vigorously
April 20, 2007
EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities talked at the AGE General Assembly in Brussels
Permanent Representative of the European Anti-Discrimination Council –
EAC in Germany, Dr. Klaus Michael Alenfelder reports from Brussels that
EU Commissioner of Social Affairs Vladimir Spidla vigorously advocated a
sustained fight for freedom from discrimination at this year’s AGE –
The European Older People’s Platform’s General Assembly.
who explained the EAC’s position and the current situation in Germany
in a joint statement with EAC Director Stefan Prystawik (London) to
representatives from all 27 EU member states, is convinced that
significant steps ahead can be taken with the support of the EU
Alenfelder is an attorney for labor law in Bonn,
Germany and Legal Expert for the National Focal Point of FRA in Vienna,
Alenfelder: “Talks at the conference with those
involved, representatives of the commission and AGE Director Anne-Sophie
Parent have shown how important and necessary the elimination -in
particular of age discrimination in the workplace – actually is.”
Commissioner Spidla joined AGE Director Parent’s view in expressing
that older people are no less productive in the workplace than younger
employees. Claiming otherwise would amount to ‚utter and absurd
prejudice’, Spidla said. He went on calling for a decisive fight against
The demand on the EU level and in the member
states was broadly supported – following the US example - to have only
such employers benefit from public procurement and subsidies who are EAC
Alenfelder acknowledged AGE’s leading work with the
coordination between Older People’s Associations in the EU and the
Commission. “It became clear that the European Union recognizes the
tireless and detailed work over the years by AGE Director Anne-Sophie
Parent, who is also a valued consultant to the Federal Government [in
Germany]”, the Permanent Representative said.
3 February 2007, Conference
EAC sponsored Conference on German Anti-Discrimination Law a Great Success
Not completely convinced: London's EAC Director Dr Stefan Prystawik in Berlin
EAC opens Permanent Representation in Berlin
Anti-Discrimination Council 2006 – EAC open their Permanent Representation
with the Federal Government in Berlin in the coming days. First
Permanent Representative is Mr Hartmut Frenzel, who will be officially
inaugurated at the beginning of May by the President of the EAC Research
Council, Dr Klaus Michael Alenfelder and Dr. Stefan Prystawik, EAC
Director in London.
Recent top level political talks revealed the
need to create a Permanent Representation of our EU-wide organization
in Berlin. Germany is but the only EU country that has not yet
implemented the EU anti-discrimination directives. The Permanent
Representative will supervise the proper implementation of those.
Moreover recent incidents cause concern in what respect Germany may lag
behind other EU nations in its development of politics and society. In
Prystawik’s perception quite a bit still needs to be done in this
Dr Alenfelder showed confidence during the recent Berlin
talks that the Permanent Representation will contribute considerably to
the implementation of a more just society.
Dr Prystawik in Brussels
Co-ordination and support for NGOs across the EU
EAC Director Dr Stefan Prystawik in talks with the EU Presidency and Commission in Brussels
Stefan Prystawik, Director of the European Anti-Discrimination Council
(eacih.org), spent Tuesday in Brussels for talks with the Vice President
of the European Parliament, Dr Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, the leading
German Anti-Discrimination Lawyer, Dr Klaus Michael Alenfelder as well
as the EU Commission.
Prystawik explained after the strategy
meetings, „ the current political situation in Germany with no
anti-discrimination legislation in place warrants further urgent
discussion with the Federal Government in Berlin next week”. As the
director of the European NGO co-ordinating body EAC in London, Dr
Prystawik will be leading a delegation of European NGO representatives.
is essential to take a closer look at the underlying problems with the
implementation of the Directives and possible solutions.
problem is that the bigger part of society rejects the concept of anti
discrimination laws in itself”, said Dr Klaus Michael Alenfelder at the
“At the forefront of this movement we find: companies and
the former opposition in Germany as well as traditionalist parts of the
political spectre. Unfortunately most legal and HR professionals in
Germany are not acquainted with the anti discrimination law and the
forthcoming developments it entails. Legal provisions that are not
enforced remain useless. Worse still: The EU loses momentum if it cannot
even enforce its basic values and aims. The EU, through its legal
framework, has provided the prerogatives for a Europe free from
discrimination. Enforcement of this requires the co-operation of NGOs.
Only by this kind of co-operation will this central project of a Europe
of justice be successful. Looking at groups like the ACLU in the U.S. we
can discover what can be done to ensure freedom from discrimination.”
Prystawik and Alenfelder agree on what NGOs must do:
Advertise the idea and inform civil society and policymakers about the
benefits for all that come with a society free from discrimination.
Enforcement through the courts: Informing victims about their rights,
follow through cases, provide training for the victims’ lawyers,
influence the scientific discussion.
- The judicial process is of
particular importance. In Germany for instance, most judges and law
school professors oppose non-discrimination policy in itself. Hence will
they interpret the legal framework.
16 February 2006,Conference
16. February 2006, Bonn, Germany: Discrimination - Problems and Solutions
European Antidiscrimination Council – EAC supports STOP DISCRIMINATION
’06, an international scientific conference hosted by Deutscher
Antidiskriminierungsverband (DADV) in Bonn, Germany.
who are international leaders from science, politics and practice, will
make this the premier event in 2006 helping to eliminate unjust
discrimination in Europe. It will take the EU members a significant step
further down the road to eliminating any kind of discrimination and to
establishing harmonious and just living and work conditions for all
European citizens and migrants.
Excerpt from the invitation:
Europäische Antidiskriminierungsrat (European Antidiscrimination
Council – EAC) (eacih.org) unterstützt STOP DISCRIMINATION ’06, eine
internationale wissenschaftliche Konferenz, die vom Deutschen
Antidiskriminierungsverband (DADV) in Bonn ausgerichtet wird.
Vortragenden – allesamt international führende Persönlichkeiten auf
ihren jeweiligen Gebieten in Wissenschaft, Politik und Praxis – werden
die Veranstaltung zum herausragenden Ereignis des Jahres 2006 bei der
Beseitigung ungerechtfertigter Diskriminierung in Europa machen. So
werden die EU Mitgliedstaaten einen erheblichen Schritt vorwärts tun –
auf dem Weg der Diskriminierungsbeseitigung und der daraus folgenden
harmonischen und gerechten Lebens- und Arbeitsbedingungen für alle
Europäischen Bürger und Migranten.
Diskriminierung ist auch heute
noch ein bedeutendes gesellschaftliches Problem. Millionen Menschen
sind in ihrem Alltag und insbesondere in der Arbeitswelt ständig
offensichtlichen oder versteckten Diskriminierungen ausgesetzt. Motor im
Kampf gegen diese Diskriminierungen ist die Europäische Union, die mit
mehreren Richtlinien alle EU Staaten zur wirksamen Bekämpfung der
Diskriminierung verpflichtet hat. Leider hat Deutschland als einziger EU
Staat diese Verpflichtung noch nicht erfüllt. Mit der neuen
Bundesregierung ist nun - endlich – eine Umsetzung zu erwarten.
Konferenz „Stop discrimination ´06“ will interdisziplinär Ursachen und
Formen der Diskriminierung in Deutschland untersuchen und Lösungen auf
dem Weg zur gleichberechtigten Teilhabe aller Menschen an der
Gesellschaft aufzeigen. Dabei werden die Lösungen auf ihre Vereinbarkeit
mit den Vorgaben der Europäischen Union untersucht.
Donnerstag, 16. Februar 2006
Susanne B. Witt, Vorsitzende des Deutschen Antidiskriminierungsverbandes,
Begrüßung 10.00-10.15 Uhr
Dr. Lothar Theodor Lemper, Geschäftsführender Vorsitzender der Otto Benecke Stiftung: Diskriminierung von Migranten
Klaus Michael Alenfelder, Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht, Lehrbeauftragter
FH Nordhessen: Rechtliche Vorgaben und Durchsetzung des
Diskriminierungsverbots in der Praxis
Hans Joachim Bondzio, Mitglied des Hauptvorstandes und Landesgeschäftsführer der Angestelltengewerkschaft DHV im CGB:
Diskriminierung in der gewerkschaftlichen Arbeit
Dr. Stefan Prystawik, Soziologe, Director, European Anti-Discrimination Council:
Diskriminierung als gesamtgesellschaftliches Problem und internationale Lösungsmodelle
Prof. Dr. theol. Herbert Ulonska, Universität Münster:
Jesus von Nazareth - und die Stigmatisierten seiner Zeit. Welche ethischen Konsequenzen ziehen wir heute daraus?
Vertreter des DAAD (m/w):
Überwindung von Diskriminierung und gesellschaftlicher Ausgrenzung
Susanne B. Witt: Verabschiedung
16.00-16.15 Uhrfurther information