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Anti-discrimination and free legal services in Budapest

  • A €400,000 Anti-discrimination and advocacy fund in Budapest finances legal aid for patients in psychiatric care, people with disabilities, victims of sexual abuse and ethnic minorities.

    Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and minority self-governments in Budapest are managing 33 projects aimed at providing counselling, legal assistance and legal representation for the city’s disadvantaged groups. Funding has also been made available to support efforts to decrease prejudice and implement anti-discrimination programs.

    Grants were awarded to finance free legal services for the following groups

    • People from the Roma minority, homeless people, people in need of support in housing, people having debts related to paying public utility fees, unemployed persons, solitary old people or potential victims of organised crime in their dwelling;
    • People in psychiatric care and/or young drug users; and
    • People living with disability and/or homosexual people and/or persons released from prison.



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    Project title:

    Promotion of anti-discrimination and advocacy in Budapest

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Human resource development



    Type & project assistance:

    Block Grant - Other

    Project duration:

    38 months

    Project cost:

    € 402,156

    Grant rate:


    Grant agreement date:

    03 July 2008

    The purpose of the Fund is to promote legal protection and support anti-discrimination measures to help disadvantaged groups in Budapest, with the overall objective of promoting social cohesion in Budapest. Reference is made to the application, dated 28 March 2006 as well as to the additional information provided by the Focal Point on 28 June, 21 August , 29 August and 25 September 2007.

    The completed Fund shall include the following activities:

    - Re-granting towards selected sub-projects relating to the promotion of legal protection and anti-discrimination measures to help disadvantaged groups in Budapest.

    - Fund management including publicity.

    The Intermediary is the Fovárosi Szociális Közalapítvány (Social Public Foundation of Budapest).

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Intermediary provides at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible cost of the Fund.