Message by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans to the Muslim community on the occasion of European Action Day countering Hate Speech against Muslims and on Islamic New Year

21st September is European Action Day countering Hate Speech against Muslims.

Today the Muslim community is also celebrating Islamic New Year, the day commemorating the emigration of the prophet from Mecca toMedina – the hijra – which marks the birth of Islam as a community united in faith.

The Muslim community, in all its diversity, has an important place in the European landscape.

Today it is important to seize the opportunities to strengthen dialogue and to assure our Muslim compatriots that they are not only key stakeholders in European society, but also that they can find in the European Commission a loyal friend who will help them to practice their faith and traditions in peace in our democratic societies.