Racism and discrimination: EU monitors implementation of anti-discriminatory legislation
April 5, 2016
The European Commission “condemns all forms of racism and xenophobia and monitors the correct implementation of the EU legislation combating these crimes”, Commissioner Věra Jourová, responsible for Justice and Consumers, said on Monday 4 April 2016, in a response given on behalf of the Commission during parliamentary questions in the European Parliament. Commissioner Jourová is in charge of fighting discrimination, promoting gender equality and pursuing negotiations on the proposed Anti-Discrimination Directive, which would ban discrimination in all areas where the EU has jurisdiction.
The Commissioner noted that, “through programmes such as ‘Rights, Equality and Citizenship’ and ‘Europe for Citizens’, the Commission supports actions aimed at enhancing citizens’ understanding of the EU and its common values, improving conditions for democratic participation, combating hate speech and hate crime and helping to advance the principle of non-discrimination”. She recalled that the Commission launched a public consultation on EU citizenship rights in 2015, the results of which will feed into future policy on EU citizenship rights.