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Parliamentary questions
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15 July 2019
Question reference: E-001313/2019

It is not for the Council to comment on a ruling given by a court in a Member State. With regard to the Brussels Ia regulation, the Council would like to indicate that its Article 79 requires that by 11 January 2022 the Commission is to provide a report on the application of the regulation and provide, where appropriate, proposals for its amendment.

The Council would like to recall that the Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. The Council is committed to oppose any form of racism, antisemitism and xenophobia.

The EU is equipped with a Framework Decision on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law(1), which sets the framework for a common response to racist hate speech and hate crime. It obliges Member States to penalise public incitement to violence or hatred against persons defined by reference to colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin, including when committed online.

The Council would also like to remind that European Union is an area of shared values, values which are incompatible with crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes, including crimes committed by totalitarian regimes.

Each Member State has its own approach to this issue but, in the interests of reconciliation, the memory of those crimes must be a collective memory, shared and promoted, where possible, by us all(2).

(1)Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA (OJ L 328 of 6.12.2008).
(2)See the Stockholm Programme — an open and secure Europe serving and protecting the citizen (OJ C 115/8, 4.5.2010).

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