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Fight against racism and xenophobia

Event date: 06/02/2020

Fight against racism and xenophobia

Despite existing EU legislation and action it argues that there are still significant gaps and barriers to equal treatment and to adequate prevention and prosecution of, and compensation for, hate crimes within the European Union. The impact of the gaps and barriers identified – in action and cooperation – at EU level are assessed both in terms of economic impact and their impacts on economic rights and freedoms.

Equality is one of the fundamental valueson which the EU is founded. It is duly reflected in the Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. International agreements, such as the European Convention on Human Rights also prohibit discrimination on various grounds, with limited exceptions in justified cases. With regard to the fight against racism and xenophobia, the main EU instrument is the Framework Decision on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law. This framework decision harmonises criminal definitions and sanctions.

News history

During the plenary session (17-19 June 2020) in Brussels, MEPs discuss the anti-racism protests following the death of George Floyd.

During the plenary session (10-13 February 2020), MEPs debate on fighting against antisemitism, racism and hatred across Europe, in the EP in Strasbourg.