EU Anti-Racism Action Plan: Civil Society recommendations 2021-2022

Brussels, 20 September 2021: As part of a coalition, ENAR and 40 Civil Society Organisations across Europe share recommendations for the European Commission to prioritise ahead of the one-year EU Anti-Racism Action Plan anniversary.

EU Anti-Racism Action Plan Civil Society recommendations 2021-2022

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the European Union (EU) Anti-Racism Action Plan (ARAP) and the recent appointment of the new EU Coordinator on Anti-Racism, we are calling on the European Commission to prioritise the following recommendations in its work the next year.

  • 1- Policy delivery
  • Extension of the Race Equality Directive (RED) to cover law enforcement – The European Commission should present its proposal to extend the RED to cover law enforcement as stated in the ARAP and prioritise tackling hate crime committed by law enforcement.
  • National Action Plans against Racism (NAPAR) - The EU Coordinator on Anti-Racism and the European Commission’s subgroup on NAPAR should finalise the common principles of NAPARs and support Member States to deliver their NAPAR proposals in 2022 including through a Council Recommendation.
  • Mainstreaming of racial equality - The EU Coordinator on Anti-Racism and the Task Force on Equality should create a Working Group on racial justice that includes relevant Directorates-General to help facilitate genuine engagement on racial justice in other policy areas such as climate, digital, economic, education, employment, foreign, security and defence policy, gender, migration and security.
  • Anti-racist human rights defenders and organisations – The European Commission should closely monitor the situation of anti-racist human rights defenders and organisations in Member States and provide support for anti-racist human rights defenders and organisations at risk.
  • Anti-racism Summit – The EU Coordinator on Anti-Racism should ensure that the second EU Anti-Racism Summit scheduled to take place in France under the French EU Presidency will discuss structural racism, be co-organised with civil society and that it is interactive with high level participation including the President of the Commission and Heads of States.
  • 2 - Civil society engagement
  • The EU Coordinator on Anti-Racism should ensure structured and regular dialogue with local, regional and national civil society organisations led by racialised groups and organisations working on issues related to racial justice and equality including meaningful involvement in policy processes.
  • 3 - Working environment and representation
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion office should release the results of the EU staff survey and a strategy to ensure a safe and successful working environment for racialised people and others from underrepresented communities.
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion office should put forward its proposal for a strategy or program that will increase representation of racialised people and others from underrepresented communities.

Signatories

  1. European Network against Racism (ENAR)
  2. Equinox Initiative for Racial Justice
  3. European Roma Grassroots Organisations network (ERGO)
  4. Waterford Integration Services, Ireland - (member of ENAR)
  5. European Network On Religion and Belief (ENORB)
  6. Eurodiaconia
  7. Fair Trials
  8. Àltera
  9. Migrant Tales
  10. Changemakers Lab
  11. CADO-Advocacy and Human Rights Centre (Romania)
  12. Trans United Europe/ BPOC Trans Network
  13. Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO)
  14. Asociación Nacional Presencia Gitana
  15. Anti-Racist Forum ry
  16. Ad Lucem Foundation
  17. Velferdsalliansen EAPN Norway
  18. Public Institution Roma Community Centre
  19. Central Council of German Sinti and Roma
  20. Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
  21. Movimento SOS Racismo –– Portugal
  22. Centre for Peace Studies
  23. Regional Roma Educational Youth Association – RROMA – North Macedonia
  24. Asociación Musulmana por los Derechos Humanos (AMDEH)
  25. Instituto de Asuntos Culturales, España
  26. Trans United Europe/BPOC Trans Network
  27. The Czech Helsinki Committee
  28. Federación de Asociaciones Gitanas de Catalunya – FAGiC
  29. Moxie Consultancy Collective
  30. CEJI-A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe
  31. BIBI AMKA Woman wake up
  32. Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre, Ireland
  33. INAR – Irish Network Against Racism, Ireland
  34. Collective for Countering Islamophobia in Europe (CCIE)
  35. Stichting Ocan
  36. SIEMPRE ong - Networking for Latin-American women in Belgium
  37. Roma Active Albania
  38. Nadia Karera
  39. RomanoNet
  40. Czech Republic India ki Rasta Foundation
  41. Greek Forum of Migrants

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