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Parliamentary questions
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20 February 2019
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005844/2018

The framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia obliges Member States to criminalise the public incitement to violence and hatred, including the denial, gross trivialisation and condoning of war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, including the Holocaust. However, it is for national authorities to investigate, prosecute and try individual cases of alleged hate motivated speech and crime. The Commission supports national law enforcement and judicial authorities in this endevour through the work developed under the High Level Group on combatting racism and xenophbia and other forms of intolerance(1) by providing guidance on the practical application of the framework decision(2).

The Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) encompasses currently 10 Working Groups(3), many of which have tackled the issue of right-wing extremism. For example, the Prison and Probation Working Group analysed the challenges linked to the rise of the right-wing extremism in the prison and probation context in December 2017(4). In April 2018, the Police and Law Enforcement Working Group (RAN POL) held a meeting on the role of police in countering violent right-wing extremism(5).

In 2019, several Working Groups of the RAN will address specific aspects related to right-wing extremism, focusing in particular on narratives and strategies of far-right extremist groups, challenges in schools and at the local level.

The RAN has a Working Group concerning the victims of terrorism. There are currently no plans to create new working groups.

(2)For example, the publication on 28 November 2018 of a guidance note on the practical application of Council Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia, available at: https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/just/document.cfm?doc_id=55607

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