LIVE BROADCAST NOW! EU Anti-Racism Summit
The European Commission (EC) is holding a summit against racism today in the runup to the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March. Last year the EC adopted an ambitious EU Anti-Racism Action Plan that establishes many measures for the next five years.
"Discrimination on the basis of ethnic or racial origin is banned in the European Union. Despite that, such discrimination persists in our society. It is not enough to be against racism. We must take action against it. Combating racism requires a strong common determination, not just at EU level, but also domestically," the organizers of the summit said; it is being hosted by the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the Anti-Racism Discrimination Intergroup (ARDI) in the European Parliament.
"We have to talk about racism. We must take action as well. If there is the will, it is always possible to change our direction. I am glad to live in a society that condemns racism. However, we should not stop there. The motto of our European Union is 'United in diversity'. Our task is to make those words come true and to fulfill their meaning," Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said ahead of the summit.
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