European Commission presents its achievements on combatting racism, xenophobia and discrimination
Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, will present a report giving an overview of the Commission's actions to counter racism, xenophobia and discrimination in the EU during this mandate, as well as the remaining challenges in these areas. On this occasion, she said: “Discrimination, hate crime and speech, racist and xenophobic narratives, in particular online, are not only illegal but they polarise our societies and question our European values. We need to continue to fight these dangerous trends together, be it online or offline.” The Commission worked with Member State authorities, civil society and EU agencies to step up implementation of EU law in this field. Under the Rights Equality and Citizenship Programme, the European Commission awarded 12 million euros annually for projects across the European Union in this field. Commission actions include amongst others the setting up of the Code of Conductcountering illegal hate speech in 2016, a Recommendation on standards for equality bodies, the nomination of the two coordinators on combating Antisemitism and Anti-Muslim hatred and the implementation of the European Framework of National Roma Integration Strategies. Today, Commissioner Jourová will address an event in the European Parliament, bringing together a wide range of MEPs, key actors and stakeholders as well as members of the High Level Group on Racism and Xenophobia and the High Level Group on Non-Discrimination. The full report on Countering racism and xenophobia in the EU is available online, as well and information on what the European Commission does to combat racism and xenophobia.
(For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)