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European Year of Equal Opportunities

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government are taking to support the European Year of Equal Opportunities; what activities her Department has organised to celebrate the European Year of Equal Opportunities; what funding the Government are providing for events organised as part of the European Year of Equal Opportunities; and which Ministers will be attending the Equality Summit being held by the European Parliament as part of the European Year of Equal Opportunities. (115756)

The Government will organise a series of events around the country to promote the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All. In order to maximise the impact and sustainability of these events, the Government’s intention is to link this work as far as possible to the launch of the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights, which is scheduled for October of this year. The overall budget and the final plans for the year will depend on the level of co-financing from the European Commission, which is expected to be around £450,000. The Government intend to contribute a similar amount. Confirmation of the level of the European Commission’s contribution is expected in March. Activities in the UK to promote the year should start in April. My hon. Friend the Minister for Women and Equality intends to attend the Equality Summit being held by the German presidency of the EU in Berlin on 30 to 31 January.