Who we are
The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) is an EU-wide network of vibrant NGOs in all EU Member States, as well as in Croatia and Iceland. ENAR combats racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and promotes equality of treatment between European Union citizens and third country nationals.
Our vision & mission
ENARís vision is of a society that embraces the necessity of equality and diversity and the benefits of a racism-free Europe for a vibrant European society and economy.
Our mission is to attain full equality and solidarity, allowing all members of society, whatever their skin colour, ethnicity, sex, gender, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation, to participate and be included in society. We are achieving this by specifically combating racism and discrimination based on colour, ethnicity, national origin, nationality, religion, culture, language or legal status.
How we work towards achieving our mission
ENAR is the voice of its member organisations in Brussels and advocates on their behalf. We aim to make a difference in a range of fields relating to equality and anti-racism, migration and integration, and social inclusion of ethnic and religious minorities in Europe. We do this in the following ways:
Coordinate the ENAR network
Influence the European political agenda
Take part in strategic alliances with other actors in Europe
Generate new ideas
How it all started
ENAR is a major outcome of the 1997 European Year Against Racism. Between March and September 1998, more than 600 NGOs were involved in national and European round table consultations to discuss the viability of such a structure. The 1998 Constitutive Conference of the European Network Against Racism brought together more than 200 representatives of these organisations to draw up a common programme of action.
The establishment of ENAR endorses the recognition by NGOs of the European dimension to the fight against racism. Anti-racist NGOs feel that they have a lot to gain from a network as a forum to share information, and influence policies at the level of the European Union and its Member States.