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EU funding to support MS implement EU Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia

With this action grants, DG Justice wants to support Member States’ authorities in the identification and exchange of best practices in order to ensure correct and full implementation of the EU Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law. The call is targeted at public authorities which bear a responsibility in implementing the provisions of national legislation on hate crime and hate speech, and in particular provisions transposing the EU Framework Decision.

Eligible are activities on mutual learning, exchange of good practices, strengthened cooperation and coordination between national authorities as regards the recording, investigation and prosecution of hate crime and hate speech incidents. Priority will be given to projects focusing on:

  • Concrete actions including training aiming at setting up and improving a methodology of recording incidents and data collection.
  • Enhancing investigation and prosecution, through training, exchange of best practice and networking, involving especially law enforcement and judicial authorities, including prosecutors.
  • Monitoring of online hate speech.
  • Coordination and cooperation between national authorities and civil society organisations.
  • Promoting diversity and countering discriminatory attitudes by police forces.
  • Providing respectful treatment, recognition and support to victims of hate crime.

The application must involve at least two organisations (applicant and co-applicants). The applicant must be a public authority of an EU Member State (+ Iceland and Liechtenstein), while co-applicants can be private or international organisations. The EU grant applied for cannot be lower than EUR 75,000 and the duration of the project should not exceed 24 months. The deadline for application is 5 January 2017.

Download the call's documents