On 5 December, during its fourth meeting, the EU High Level Group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance endorsed the key guiding principles on hate crime recording drawn up by the Subgroup on methodologies for recording and collecting data on hate crime facilitated by FRA.
Persisting widespread discrimination, intolerance and hatred across the EU threatens to marginalise and alienate many minority group members who otherwise feel largely attached to the country they live in and trust its institutions. These findings emerge from a major repeat survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).
The Agency joined a consultative meeting of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw on 24 November concerning a survey on hate crime against selected communities in Poland.
The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights continues to point to the problems of limited data in its latest annual overview of antisemitism data from across the EU, as it remembers the wave of violent anti-Jewish events of 'Kristallnacht' on 9 November 1938. Without such data, efforts to combat antisemitism will remain general and untargeted.
The FRA Director, Michael O’Flaherty, outlined the difficulties in today’s media landscape when opening the General Affairs Council’s annual rule of law dialogue on 17 October in Luxembourg. Addressing Ministers and State Secretaries responsible for EU affairs he suggested five initiatives he felt could help strengthen media pluralism in the digital age.