In her first State of the Union address to the European Parliament, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, advocated for diversity.
Before presenting the EU’s new action plan against racism, the head of the EU executive said: “Progress in the fight against racism and hate is fragile - progress in this area is hard won, but very easily lost. This is why it is time for change. Now is the time to build a truly anti-racist Union - by condemning racism, but also by taking action. The Commission will present an action plan to start making this happen”.
Defining a series of measures for the next five years, the EU Action Plan against Racism will ensure that Member States fully implement relevant EU legislation, strengthen the legal framework and maximize the use of all the tools at their disposal, in particular the funds available under the next long-term EU budget and Next Generation EU. The plan also foresees the adoption of national action plans against racism.
As part of the same plan, the Commission will have, for the first time, a coordinator in charge of the fight against racism.