We need to talk about racism. And we need to act. It is always possible to change direction if there is a will to do so. I am glad to live in a society that condemns racism. But we should not stop there. The motto of our European Union is: ‘United in diversity’. Our task it to live up to these words, and to fulfil their meaning.
Commission President von der Leyen (speech to the European Parliament, 17 June 2020)
The 21 March is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On this occasion, the European Commission is organising a Summit Against Racism on 19 March 2021!
This Summit is co-hosted by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the ARDI Intergroup of the European Parliament.
It will address the implementation of the European Anti-Racism Action Plan at various levels with the involvement of EU Institutions, Member States, civil society, equality bodies and grassroots organisations.
As discrimination persists in our society even though it is prohibited in the European Union, we have to be active against racism. The EU anti-racism action plan is exactly about this - be active, fight against racism and take measures to confront racism! Cities play a crucial role for the implementation of the EU anti-racism action plan. As key actors in developing programs to build more inclusive, just and sustainable societies, the voices of cities matter enormously to successfully counter racism and racial discrimination to reinforce the value of pluralism. As ECCAR, we have committed ourselves to the shared vision of a Europe that protects its inhabitants from racism and discrimination and that promotes diversity and equality.
Below, you can access the EU anti-racism action plan.