Promising practice :
Minister of Justice, Minister of the Interior and College of Public Prosecutors of the courts of appeal (de Minister van Justitie, de Minister van Binnenlandse Zaken en het College van Procureurs-Generaal bij de hoven van beroep/Le Ministre de la Justice, le Ministre de l’Intérieur et le Collège des Procureurs Généraux Les Cours d’Appel).
17 June 2013.
Ongoing (as of May 2021).
Integrated police forces and prosecutors.
Funded by regular budget – integrated in the regular operations of the organisations concerned.
COL 13/2013 is a circular on the investigation and prosecution policy on discrimination and hate crime (including discrimination based on sex). It indicates the relevant legislation and clarifies what is expected of magistrates. The circular also describes how police services can contribute to the better investigation and prosecution of discrimination and hate crimes. There is a strong emphasis on developing important networks, both within the police force and with reference magistrates and other competent bodies such as the national equality bodies – UNIA and the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men. The circular points out that the police cannot solve everything, but highlights that this is precisely why they should also take on the role of referrer; partnerships are very important in this respect. Mediation services also have a role to play in these partnerships.
The Minister of Justice, the Minister of the Interior and the College of Public Prosecutors of the courts of appeal designed and implemented the practice.
In 2017, the Evaluation Commission of the Anti-discrimination Legislation carried out an evaluation of COL 13/2013. It stated that COL 13/2013 is an adequate instrument to establish an effective policy on hate crimes and discrimination. However, the committee of experts identified several obstacles and formulated a set of recommendations for the correct application of the circular, some of which have not yet been implemented.
The COL 13/2013 working group monitors the execution of this circular and the implementation of the Evaluation Commission’s recommendations. It is also in charge of the evaluation and adaptation of the circular.
Equal Opportunities Team, Federal Public Service Justice