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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:

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.

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