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Parliamentary questions
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12 April 2017
Answer given by Mr Moedas on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-009234/2016

Religious organisations are valuable partners in the European institutions' efforts to reach out to young people and tackle social exclusion, marginalisation, and combat all forms of discrimination.

The Commission confirms that representatives of the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO) have been invited to Commission events and activities in the area of anti-racism, anti-discrimination, education and youth policies(1). FEMYSO received three times an operating grant under EU youth programmes between 2010 and 2016(2).

The list of persons, groups and entities subject to specific measures to combat terrorism is regularly reviewed and updated by Council decision (CFSP) 2016/1136 of 12 July 2016(3). The Muslim Brotherhood and FEMYSO are not subject to EU restrictive measures.

The legal bases of European research and innovation framework programmes have set the objective of studying social trends including cultural interactions, multicultural issues and European cultural diversity(4). The research project ‘Eurislam — Finding a Place for Islam in Europe: Cultural Interactions between Muslim immigrants and Receiving Societies’ was selected by independent experts and financed under FP7(5).

The Eurislam international consortium studied how different traditions of national identity, citizenship, and church-state relations affected European immigration countries' incorporation of Islam, and what were the consequences of these approaches for cultural distance and interaction between Muslim immigrants and their descendants, and the receiving societies(6). Several results of the project have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals(7).

(1)Including the first Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights of 1-2/10/2015 - http://ec.europa.eu/justice/events/colloquium-fundamental-rights-2015/index_en.htm
(2)2010: EUR 35,000; 2014: EUR 49,881; 2015: EUR 35,000. In 2016 FEMYSO was not selected. The call for 2017 is ongoing. More information on selection results is available at: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/youth/funding/2010/index_en.php); (http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/funding/eacea052014-civil-society-cooperation_en) and (http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/selection-results/selection-results-key-action-3-civil-society-cooperation-in-field-education-and-training-and-youth_en).
(3)OJ L 188, 13.07/2016
(4)OJ L 412, 30/12/2006 and OJ L 347, 20/12/2103
(5)The Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (FP7, 2007-2013)
(6)Project information on the CORDIS website: http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/89092_en.html and the website of the project: www.eurislam.eu
(7)i.e. the special issue ‘Public discourses about Muslims and Islam in Europe’ of the journal Ethnicities, vol. 13, 2013: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1468796812470897.

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