Advocacy in the European Parliament

Parties and politicians using and propagating far-right and xenophobic ideas, policies and programmes are getting stronger. That’s why we need to ensure that as many political groups in the European Parliament and MEPs as possible commit to equality and tackle racism.

Why is this important?

Parties and politicians using and propagating far-right and xenophobic ideas and programmes are getting stronger. Following the European Parliament elections in May 2014, there are now 10% of MEPs from such parties in the European Parliament.

In this context, we need to ensure that as many political parties and politicians as possible commit to equality and refrain from discriminatory and xenophobic discourses, behaviours and policies.

What are we doing about it?

We are calling on MEPs and political groups to establish a strong intergroup on anti-racism in the European Parliament, to advance a comprehensive anti-racist agenda and to jointly react to manifestations of racism and hate.

- Read our joint statement with 100 European and national civil society organisations
- See our Infographic and share on social media

Our campaign for the 2014 European Parliament elections

- We asked candidates and political parties to commit to our top 7 demands to advance equality in the European Union - also available in French, German and Italian

- #NoHateEP2014 campaign: We joined forces with ILGA-Europe (European Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) to denounce and monitor hate speech by candidates and encourage EU citizens to vote.

- Your Vote Can Unite campaign: Jointly with UNITED, we mobilised member organisations and others to raise awareness of the importance of voting for progressive change.

- Our ‘I vote for diversity’ Facebook page encouraged people across Europe to act and ensure their vote makes a difference. This Facebook page was also a convening platform for all actions organised across Europe for diversity and equality and against discrimination and xenophobic discourses.

- We prepared a campaign toolkit for anti-racist civil society to act at the local and national levels and get candidates to take a stand for equality.

Related events

19 March 2014 - Launch of ENAR-ILGA appeal for a #NoHateEP2014

ENAR contact person

Georgina Siklossy -

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