FRA co-organises seminar on combating hate crime

FRA will co-organise a seminar together with the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the EU on combating hate crime.

It will bring together national authorities, law enforcement agencies, human rights institutions, local authorities and specialised civil society organisations, as well as the European Commission and EU agencies. The aim of the seminar is to exchange best practices that can lead to improving recording rates of hate crime and to better reporting of such crimes in EU Member States. The seminar will take place on 28-29 April in Thessaloniki. 


Hate crime seminar report, Thessaloniki April 2014

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Monday, 28 April


12.30 - 13.00 Registration
13.00 - 13.45


  • Moderator: Friso Roscam Abbing, FRA’s Head of Communication and Outreach Department


  • Maija Sakslin, Chairperson of the FRA Management Board [ Read speech ]
  • Ingrid Schulerud, Ambassador EEA and Norway Grants, Norway [ Download speech ]
  • Professor Vassilios Christianos, CIEEL Director

Keynote speech

  • Ioannis Ioannidis, Secretary General of the Ministry of the Interior
13.45 - 14.45

The Challenge: Why to improve the recording and increase the reporting of hate crime?

The lack of recording and under-reporting are two of the greatest obstacles to making hate crime visible. The panel will discuss how to address these challenges and how to implement measures to improve recording and reporting of hate crime


  • Lina Papamichalopoulou (European Commission),
  • David Friggieri (European Commission),
  • Joanna Perry (ODIHR), Mike Whine (ECRI),
  • Nicolás Marugán Zalba (Spanish Monitoring Centre on Racism & Xenophobia)
14.45 - 15.15

Parallel workshops
Identifying and sharing practices to improve recording and encourage reporting of hate crime

The objective of the workshops is to indentify and share practices that can lead to better recording and higher reporting of hate crime, with a particular emphasis on transferable aspects of these practices

Parallel workshops on:

  1. Trust building to encourage reporting
    Chaired by: Eleni TAKOU, Racist Violence Recording Network, Greece
  2. Improving hate crime recording mechanisms
    Chaired by: Azra JUNUZOVIC, ODIHR
  3. Enhancing multi-agency partnerships
    Chaired by: Stefanos Stavros, ECRI
  4. Training needs
    Chaired by: Marc Van GESTEL, Superintendent Belgian Federal Police
16.45 - 18.00

How to address under-recording and under-reporting of hate crime

Reporting back from workshops and plenary discussion

18.00 - 18.30


  • Ambassador Gianludovico De Martino di Montegiordano, President of the Interministerial Committee for Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy [ Download speech ]
20.00 Working dinner for participants