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The Council highlighted the need to raise awareness about hate crime and proposed concrete actions to improve efforts to combat hate crime at EU and national level.

The Council conclusions reflect the conclusions of this year's Fundamental Rights Conference, 'Combating hate crime in the EU', hosted by FRA in cooperation with the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU. The conference called on EU institutions to strengthen efforts to prevent and combat hate crime, by for example extending the protection to cover other forms of discrimination than those mentioned in Framework Decision on racism and xenophobia, and by improving the coordination and cooperation between institution and agencies. Member States were invited to pay particular attention to victims of hate crimes and to ensure an adequate level of assistance and protection.

FRA’s Director Morten Kjaerum took part in the Council deliberations on hate crime and contributed to the discussion drawing on evidence of hate crime gathered through FRA’s research and EU-wide surveys.