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Parliamentary questions
12 June 2018
E-001574/2018
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the Commission

In January 2018, the Commission made a proposal for a Council Recommendation on promoting common values and inclusive education. This proposal encourages Member States to take action to boost education's role in combating negative forces such as racism and xenophobia, and to ensure that all disadvantaged groups, including those of a migrant background, are included and supported in quality education(1). The proposal was adopted by the Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Council on 22 May 2018.

The Commission condemns all forms of racism and xenophobia and firmly rejects any statement depicting migrants as a threat to security, jobs and the livelihood of people to feed misconceptions and prejudice.

Existing EU legislation obliges Member States to criminalise certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia, in particular the public incitement to violence or hatred on grounds of race, colour, religion, descent, national or ethnic origin.(2) It belongs to national law enforcement and judicial authorities to assess whether a particular expression or statement qualifies as public incitement to racist violence or hatred, and to investigate and prosecute any such instance under relevant provisions of national law.(3)

(1)Proposal for a Council Recommendation on promoting common values, inclusive education and the European dimension of teaching; COM(2018)23 final.
(2)Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA of 28 November 2008 on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law, which replaced Joint Action 96/443/JHA of 15 July 1996 concerning action to combat racism and xenophobia .
(3)In particular Article 510 of the Spanish Criminal Code.

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