“Hate crimes are a serious matter of concern, affecting the social fabric at all levels,” said Senator Benedetto Della Vedova, Under Secretary of State in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs at the event, on behalf of the Italian Presidency. “They are rooted in stereotypes and misperceptions. To counter them, we need a cultural mindset change.”
After discussing the framework that will form the basis for the Working Party’s work, participants broke into three groups that focused on:
- Encouraging victims to report hate crime incidents and improving recording mechanisms
- Enhancing multi-agency partnerships
- Training for public service providers
Each group agreed on specific activities to be carried out before the next formal meeting of the Working Party, which is due to take place under the auspices of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU in March 2015.