THE DEPARTMENT FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

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Establishment and powers


History – In 1996 the Office of the Minister for Equal Opportunities was set up within the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers. On 12 July 1997, by decree of the President of the Council of Ministers, the Minister’s functions were established.

The Department for Equal Opportunities was set up by Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers No. 405 of 28 October 1997, which was amended by D.P.C.M. of 30 November 2000 and D.P.C.M. of 30 September 2004.

Powers

The Department is responsible for:

  • the guidance, proposal and coordination of regulatory and administrative initiatives in all the fields relating to the planning and implementation of equal opportunity policies;
  • the collection and organization of information also through the creation of specific databases, as well as for the promotion and coordination of survey, verification, monitoring, training and information activities on equality and equal opportunities;
  • the adoption and coordination of study and project development initiatives relating to equality and equal opportunities; 
  • the definition of new intervention and study policies as well as of policies for the promotion of new projects and initiatives and for the coordination of initiatives undertaken by other public administrations and bodies in the field of equality and equal opportunities;
  • the guidance and coordination of relevant central and local administrations, with a view to ensuring proper implementation of legislation and government guidelines in the fields of equality and equal opportunities; 
  • the promotion of the necessary verifications to be carried out by the relevant authorities, also for the purpose of requesting specific reports or the review of specific measures in cases of particular importance, pursuant to art. 5, paragraph 2, letter c) of Law No. 400 of 23 August 1988 (2); 
  • the adoption of the necessary measures to comply with the principles and provisions established by the European Union and for the implementation of Community programmes in the fields of equality and equal opportunities; 
  • the coordination of relations with State, regional, and local authorities as well as with bodies operating in the field of equality and equal opportunities both in Italy and abroad, and particularly with the European Union, the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the OECD; 
  • the adoption of the necessary measures to ensure the representation of the Italian Government in international relations and within national and international agencies working in this sector, also through the appointment of representatives;
  • the organization and functioning of the Secretariat of the Commission for Equal Opportunities between Women and Men; 
  • the collection and organization of information, also through databases, as well as the promotion of related initiatives for the prevention, assistance and protection of children from sexual abuse and exploitation, which have been delegated to the Minister for Equal Opportunities in accordance with art. 2, paragraph 1 of D.P.C.M. of 14 February 2002; 
  • the performance of the functions established by art. 7 of Legislative Decree No. 215 of 9 July 2003 and D.P.C.M. of 11 December 2003 laying down the provisions for the organization of the office for the promotion of equal treatment and the elimination of discrimination pursuant to art. 29 of Community Law No. 39 of 1 March 2002.
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