Over the past two decades, the peace process has been successful in overcoming the violence of the unrest once and for all. Since the conclusion of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, it has been necessary to pursue a number of successive political and legal agreements in order to consolidate the peace settlement provided for by the GSP. 19. The Executive Committee will provide a forum for the consideration and agreement on issues relating to the competences of two or more ministers, the prioritisation of executive and legislative proposals and the recommendation of a common position, if necessary (e.g. B in the context of the examination of external relations). The agreement reached was that Northern Ireland was part of the United Kingdom and would remain so until a majority of the population of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland wanted something else. Should this happen, the UK and Irish governments will be required to „have a binding commitment“ to implement this decision. In 2010, the signing of the Hillsborough Agreement transferred police and judicial powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly, which then began the same year. It also contained an agreement on the controversial parades that had led to persistent conflicts between municipalities. In addition, the UK government has committed to creating a new Legal Commission for Equality between Women and Men, which will replace the Fair Employment Commission, the Equal Opportunities Commission (NI), the Racial Equality Commission (NI) and the Disability Council.
The establishment of the Equal Opportunities Commission was provided for in the Northern Ireland Act (1998). The Commission was finally established on 1 March 19992 „The Good Friday Agreement: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission“, BBC News, May 2006, accessed 21 May 2006. .