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.
Discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin1 is prohibited in the European Union. Yet such discrimination persists in our society. It is not enough to be against racism. We have to be active against it. The fight against racism needs strong joint commitment at EU and national level. This is why on 18 September 2020, the European Commission adopted an ambitious EU anti-racism action plan that sets out a series of measures for the next 5 years.
The European Commission is organising a Summit Against Racism on 19 March 2021 at the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March). This Summit, co-hosted by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the ARDI Intergroup of the European Parliament, 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.
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