Answer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the Commission
As the Vice-President and Member of the Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship stated at the plenary of the European Parliament on 12 March 2013, the systematic collection of data on hate crime at the level of Member States is not as well developed as it should be. A recent report by the Fundamental Rights Agency shows that only four Member States collect such data in a comprehensive manner(1).
The Commission aims to support the efforts to improve the collection of national hate crime data by providing assistance through its financing programmes to stakeholders' activities in this area. The Commission is also supporting the collection of data on experiences of hate crime by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. The issue of data collection has also been addressed in the group of governmental experts set up to assist Member States in the implementation of the framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia(2).
The Commission does not have information on the number of hate crimes referred to by the Honourable Member. To date the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights has collected and published data on immigrants and ethnic minorities’ experiences of criminal victimisation, including hate crime(3).
The results of the EU-MIDIS survey, in particular the Data in Focus Report concerning hate crimes, are available at http://fra.europa.eu/en/publication/2012/eu-midis-data-focus-report-6-minorities-victims-crime.