“In the 21st century, there is no excuse for racial discrimination. Yet black people in the EU today are still victims of widespread and unacceptable levels of discrimination and harassment simply because of their skin colour,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “We need to stamp this out once and for all. For this, Member States need effective and targeted policies and laws to ensure black people are fully included in our society.” Read the report here.
Equinet was present at the launch event of the report at the European Parliament in Brussels on 28 November. The newly released report points out important topics which equality bodies tackle in their daily work. In view of the recent Equinet seminar on how equality bodies can tackle ethnic profiling, it was important for Equinet to take part of the discussions and learn more about the findings from the report.
The Being Black in the EU report reveals the many challenges black people face:
[(Of particular importance for equality bodies is the FRA Opinion 3 of the report, stating that:
EU Member States should ensure that equality bodies can fulfil their tasks, as assigned by the Racial Equality Directive. This entails ensuring that equality bodies are allocated sufficient human, financial and technical resources. When doing so, Member States should give due consideration to the European Commission’s recommendation of June 2018 on standards for equality bodies, particularly as regards their independence and effectiveness.
The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) has published numerous policy recommendations on the fundamental rights of People of African Descent in Europe, based on the FRA survey “Being Black in the EU”. The briefing outlines some reflections on the most central findings of the report and the adequacy of existing EU measures and policies to combat racial discrimination, racism and xenophobia against people of African descentin Europe.
Read the policy recommendations here.