(It is forseeable for there to be amendments to the current agenda)
21 March 2022
09:30 – 16:00 CET
Venue: Thon Hotel EU
Moderator: Shada Islam, Independent EU Observer
The European Commission is hosting this Summit in cooperation with the European
Parliament Anti-racism and Diversity Intergroup and with the Council of Europe’s
European Commission against Racism and Intolerance
Registration for on-site participants
Video-messages of Member States’ Ministers
High Level Panel discussion:
National action plans against racism and racial discrimination: development, implementation and good practices.
The aim of the panel is to discuss challenges and opportunities related to NAPAR processes, share good practices from Member States in addition to presenting the COM tools to support Member States in NAPAR processes.
EU Member States play an important role in the fight against racism. The Commission encourages member states to adopt their respective national action plans against racism and racial discrimination by the end of 2022, with the upper aim of tackling persistent racism, in all its complexity, with targeted measures and actions and in close cooperation with different stakeholders.
COM tools: Common guiding principles for NAPARs, good practices compendium for NAPARs (2022-23), indicators for monitoring the implementation of NAPARs (2022), Council conclusions on combatting racism and antisemitism.
Scene setting: Ana Gallego, Director-General, DG Justice and Consumers European Commission
Discussion in plenary with interventions from participants.
Reaction of EU Anti-racism coordinator
Michaela Moua, to NAPAR panel discussion
Spoken word poetry and musical performance
High Level Panel Session:
Enhancing participation of racialised youth in the fight against racism and discrimination
The aim of the panel is to make visible the important role young people, and racialised youth in particular, can play in combating racism and discrimination. The Commission together with the Member States collected young Europeans’ voices through the EU youth dialogue process, which led to 11 European youth goals. These present a vision for a Europe that enables young people to realise their full potential, promote equality and inclusive societies.
Based on the European youth goals and their targets, the panel session also aims at having panelists reflect on preliminary recommendations gathered from racialised youth and anti-racism organisations that would then be further developed in consultations with different stakeholders, and feed into the implementation of action plans against racism at national and local level. These recommendations could also inform how to move the ARAP implementation forward linking it to the European Year of the Youth and the Conference for the Future of Europe, and how specific issues could be tackled.
Output: Youth Recommendations from racialised youth and anti-racism CSO’s and grassroots organisations to be included in the general report for the Summit and in its follow-up policy brief.
Scene setting: Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
Discussion in plenary with interventions from participants.
Reactions of EU Youth Coordinator
Biliana Sirakova to youth panel discussion
Wrap up of the two panels
By Shada Islam
Break-out session 1:
Racialised communities and law enforcement
Efficient policing and respect for fundamental rights are complementary. Law enforcement authorities are key actors in ensuring that law is obeyed and that security is ensured. Recognising diversity and ensuring fair law enforcement is essential to fighting racism. However, reports of discrimination are long standing: the FRA has included unlawful profiling and police action in its research. Such discrimination can damage trust in the authorities and lead to other negative outcomes, such as underreporting of crimes and resistance to public authority.
In addition new technologies can bring new challenges to racial equality and non-discrimination. What role will the new AI act regulation play in the use of remote biometric identification, and in particular facial recognition, for law enforcement purposes in public spaces?
Moderator: Larry Olomofe, Managing Director, Cosmodernity Consultants, Poland
Scene setting by Elise Lassus, Researcher in the Research and Data Unit, European Agency for Fundamental Rights
Break-out session 2:
Environmental racism and climate justice
Environmental racism is a form of systemic, structural racism whereby racialised communities are disproportionately burdened with health hazards through policies and practices that force them to live in proximity to sources of toxic waste such as sewage works, mines, landfills, power stations, major roads and emitters of airborne particulate matter. As a result, these communities suffer greater rates of health problems. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed these underlying inequalities and exclusion, and their potentially dire health consequences.
A recent report highlights the severe and systemic environmental racism which Roma communities across Europe face. Roma communities often live on polluted wastelands and lack running water or sanitation in their homes as a result of “environmental racism”, a report has concluded. At the same time, several other persons or communities who have sought refuge in EU countries because of climate change in their home countries in Africa or in the Middle East are now impacted by racism.
The aim of the break-out session is to examine, how the issue of environmental racism can be effectively addressed by means of the European Green Deal.
Moderator: Vera Winthagen, JRC 01, European Commission
Scene setting: Arnold Kreilhuber, Head of the International Environmental Law Unit in the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions of the United Nations Environment Programme
Break-out session 3:
The effects of racism in education
Embedded racial inequities produce unequal and reduced educational opportunities. Policies, practices and stereotypes often work against children and youth of disadvantaged backgrounds by essentially depriving their access to quality education.
According to a European Commission report, the loss of schooling in vulnerable communities is expected to culminate in lower retention and completion rates. With education closely linked to social mobility, poorer job prospects, increased poverty and reduced life expectancy are likely down the road.
The aim of the breakout session is to discuss how disparities are produced, and better understand the consequences of these embedded racial inequities, and how they can be eliminated to ensure that all children and youth have the same opportunities for educational attainment.
Moderator & Scene setting: Domenica Biidu Ghidei, Bureau member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), Council of Europe
Break-out session 4:
Examination of the past: restitution and decolonisation of public spaces
The discussion on structural racism also entails an examination of the past, present and future of the cultural fabric of Europe. The question of restitution of art and objects that were brought to Europe, often stolen, during European colonialism is a main part of this. Civil society in many European countries is demanding a decolonization of the public space. Demands entail, the removal of statues and the renaming of streets that honour former colonialists.
This ongoing debate is necessary, because it reveals historical continuities of colonialism and the racism which gave the ideological basis for it. In order to understand structural racism in Europe one therefore has to engage in European Colonialism as well.
Scene setting: Anne Wetsi-Mpoma, art historian, curator, author and gallery owner, Belgium/Congo
Moderation: Shanon Bobinger, Systemic Life-, & Business Coach/ Moderator/ Public Speaker, Germany
Wrap up of breakout sessions
Rapporteurs of breakout sessions (members of the Permanent Anti-racism CSO forum)