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Fight against racism and xenophobia

Article 10 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) requires the EU, in the definition and implementation of its policies, to combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

EU measures in the field of racism and xenophobia include its:

  • Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia that addresses, by means of criminal law, public incitement to racial violence or hatred as well as racist motivation
  • Race Equality Directive that prohibits discrimination on the basis of racial or ethnic origin;
  • Employment Equality Directive that prohibits discrimination in employment, for example, on the grounds of religion;
  • Legislation prohibiting discrimination at border controls;
  • Audiovisual Media Services law that bans incitement to hatred in audiovisual media services and the promotion of discrimination in advertising.

Funding is available under the EU's Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) for projects promoting the effective implementation of the principles of non-discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin.