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ADPOLIS – Antidiscrimination policies successfully implemented


Project description

ADPOLIS built on the previous work for the “ECCAR Toolkit for Equality” and aimed at further promoting the implementation of policies against racism and racial discrimination in European cities. Co-funded by the European Union (JUST/2014/RDIS/AG/ DISC/8084), the project allowed for the deepening and broadening of the policy models in the “Toolkit for Equality” through further research. It also enabled the creation of a user-friendly design, publishing eight language versions, and organizing exchange events to discuss among decision-makers and to train civil servants and civil society actors. The project was coordinated by ETC and realized with 7 partners. In 2017, more than 40 cities’ successful equality policies have been compiled into 12 policy models, answering why these policies should be applied and how to be implemented. This was done by answering critical questions to challenges in all stages of policy-making and policy implementing from the experience of practitioners. Innovative features include a list of success factors, as well as a comprehensive measurement tool for progress and achievement. These 12 publications were published in full and in 8 languages on the ECCAR website in spring 2017. The insights were also made available to local authorities, politicians and practitioners also by exchange and training activities. In 2017, 900 people were directly reached by workshops and exchange events, among them 20 % (170) local politicians, 40% (340) civil servants in local administration, and 40% (390) civil society actors in a total of 26 events in 10 countries.


- Fieldwork research to investigate the implementation process and success factors of good practices in different European cities

- Analysis and compilation of transferable model policies.

- Publication of an implementation manual (online in 8 languages)

- Exchange activities

- Trainings on policy implementation

- Dissemination

Who will benefit and how?

Local politicians will attain knowledge on the key factors for policy success and arguments and tools for negotiations.

City administrations will be provided with policy examples as well as instructions on how to implement them.

Civil society actors and vulnerable groups will be also provided with arguments to advocate for the implementation of policies against racial or ethnic discrimination.


Project partners

European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC), Graz, Austria (Coordination)

Stockholm University, Department of Law, Sweden

Legal Defence Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities (NEKI), Budapest, Hungary

Cidalia, diversity consultancy, S.L.L, Madrid, Spain

Centre for European Constitutional Law (CECL), Athens, Greece

University of Padova, Human Rights Centre, Padova, Italy


Associated partners

European Coalition of Cities Against Racism (ECCAR)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)


Project team

Klaus Starl

Ingrid Nicoletti

Isabella Meier

Simone Philipp

Maddalena Vivona


Project data

January 2016 - December 2017



ECCAR Toolkit for Equality (German/English)



This project is funded by the  European Union (JUST/2014/RDIS/AG/DISC/8084).