Racism and xenophobia
The Commission rejects and condemns all forms and manifestations of racism and xenophobia . They are incompatible with the values and principles upon which the EU is founded.
A broad set of rules to tackle racism and xenophobia
The EU has introduced and initiated a broad set of measures to combat different forms and manifestations of racism and xenophobia.
These measures include various pieces of legislation:
- the Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia - penalising public incitement to violence or hatred on the basis of race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin;
- the Race Equality Directive - prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin in several walks of life;
- the Employment Equality Directive - prohibiting discrimination for instance on the ground of religion in employment;
- the Audiovisual Media Services Directive - banning incitement to hatred in audiovisual media services and the promotion of discrimination in audiovisual commercial communications;
- the legislation - prohibiting discrimination at border controls.
Giving financial support to this fight
The Commission provides financial support for various activities:
- the - to fight against racism, xenophobia and antisemitism;
- the Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (PROGRESS) - to implement the principle of non-discrimination;
- the Safer Internet Programme - to protect children using the internet and other communication technologies, for instance by fighting against racist and xenophobic content;
- the Youth in Action and the Lifelong Learning programmes - to promote cultural diversity , democratic values and respect for human rights;
- the Refugee Fund and the Integration Fund - to facilitate the integration of third-country nationals and to protect the rights of persons requiring international protection in EU countries.
- The Europe for Citizens Programme provides support for remembrance projects
Supporting the collection and exchange of information
The Commission supports data collection by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA).
It also facilitates the exchange of information and good practices through several networks and expert groups, for instance in the field of non-discrimination.
- EU High Level Group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance
- EU-Israel seminars on the fight against antisemitism, racism and xenophobia in the framework of the EU-Israel Action Plan
Setting the scene
- Code of Conduct on illegal online hate speech - Questions and Answers, 23 June 2016
- European Commission and IT Companies announce Code of Conduct on illegal online hate speech, 31 May 2016
- Coordination Meeting with Member States, IT companies and Civil Society in the context of the Dialogue with IT Companies on online hate speech, 4 March 2016
- First Vice-President Timmerman's intervention during the Inter-religious dialogue event, European Parliament, 24 March 2015
- Commissioner Jourová's intervention during the LIBE Committee meeting, European Parliament, 21 January 2015
- Vice-President Reding's intervention in the European Parliament's plenary on "Discriminatory internet sites and government reactions", 13 March 2012
- Vice-President Reding's intervention in the European Parliament's plenary on "Strengthening the fight against racism, xenophobia and hate crime", 12 March 2013
- VP Reding's intervention in the European Parliament's Plenary debate on "The rise of right-wing extremism", 9 October 2013
- Speech by Romano Prodi (President of the European Commission 1999-2004): "A Union of minorities", Seminar on Europe -- Against anti-Semitism, For a Union of Diversity