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Organised by the Open Society Institute and supported by European Economic Area Grants, attendees included the Ombudsman for Bulgaria, the Secretary of State for Justice in Bulgaria, and the Norwegian Ambassador.

FRA contributed to discussions by drawing on its Compendium of good practices for tackling Hate Crime, focusing particularly on practices that combat hate speech and the current situation regarding hate crime legislation at the EU level. FRA also met with the Bulgarian Equality Body – “Commission for Protection against Discrimination”, the FRA Management Board member from Bulgaria – Dr. Krassimsir Kanev, and the Deputy Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria in order to explore opportunities for future cooperation.