Spain Spain


Council of Europe, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) (2018), ECRI Report on Spain (fifth monitoring cycle), Strasbourg, Council of Europe, 28 February 2018

View full Research



Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Monitoring body


ECRI | European Commission against Racism and Intolerance | Council of Europe

Main Thematic Focus

Racism & xenophobia Discrimination

Target Population

General population

Key findings

The ECRI Report on Spain (fifth monitoring cycle) is pleased to note that the Spanish authorities adopted extensive amendments to their Criminal Code in 2015. ECRI again strongly recommends that the Spanish authorities adopt as soon as possible comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation in line with the standards laid down in §§ 4 to 17 of its General Policy Recommendation No. 7. ECRI recommends that the authorities:
- Take urgent steps to set up an independent equality body or to ensure that the Council for the Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination is fully independent and provided with the competences and powers outlined in ECRI’s General Policy Recommendations No. 2 and 7.
- Update and extend their anti-racism strategy on the basis of the evaluation made in 2014 and 2015.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

The working methods for the preparation of the reports involve documentary analyses, a visit to the country concerned, and then a confidential dialogue with the national authorities.

Sample details and representativeness

ECRI’s reports are analyses based on a great deal of information gathered from a wide variety of sources.

DISCLAIMERThe information presented here is collected under contract by the FRA's research network FRANET. The information and views contained do not necessarily reflect the views or the official position of the FRA.