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Parliamentary questions
9 April 2015
E-005598-15
Question for written answer
to the Council
Rule 130
Soraya Post (S&D) , Benedek Jávor (Verts/ALE) , Anna Hedh (S&D) , Nicola Caputo (S&D) , Jutta Steinruck (S&D) , Marc Tarabella (S&D) , Péter Niedermüller (S&D) , Nessa Childers (S&D) , Tibor Szanyi (S&D) , Christine Revault D'Allonnes Bonnefoy (S&D) , Michela Giuffrida (S&D) , Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (S&D) , Kashetu Kyenge (S&D) , Tanja Fajon (S&D) , Juan Fernando López Aguilar (NI) , Brando Benifei (S&D) , Maria Noichl (S&D) , José Blanco López (S&D) , Krystyna Łybacka (S&D) , Kathleen Van Brempt (S&D) , Eric Andrieu (S&D) , Afzal Khan (S&D) , Damian Drăghici (S&D) , Malin Björk (GUE/NGL) , Bodil Ceballos (Verts/ALE) , Cecilia Wikström (ALDE) , Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL) , Marie-Christine Vergiat (GUE/NGL) , Dennis de Jong (GUE/NGL) , Iratxe García Pérez (S&D) , Julie Ward (S&D) , Georgi Pirinski (S&D) , Victor Negrescu (S&D) , Marju Lauristin (S&D) , Sylvie Guillaume (S&D) , Liisa Jaakonsaari (S&D) , Jörg Leichtfried (S&D) , Kostas Chrysogonos (GUE/NGL) , Laurențiu Rebega (S&D) , Iris Hoffmann (S&D) , Ana Gomes (S&D) , Terry Reintke (Verts/ALE) , Karima Delli (Verts/ALE) , Anneliese Dodds (S&D) , Elena Gentile (S&D) , Pina Picierno (S&D)

 Subject:  Implementation of the Council framework decision (2008/913/JHA) on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law
 Answer(s) 

In 2015 we are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust, in which more than six million innocent people were murdered, many because of their faith, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. At the same time history is repeating itself in Europe with the rise of extreme right parties, and xenophobic and racist rhetoric resulting in a general increase in hate speech and hate crime.

In its report of 21 January 2014 on the implementation of the Council framework decision (2008/913/JHA) on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law, the Commission concluded that it was not fully or correctly transposed in all Member States at the time. The Council has not yet assessed whether Member States have complied with the provisions of the framework decision. According to Article 10 of the decision, this assessment should have been completed by 28 November 2013.

1. Taking note of the report from the Commission that was published more than one year ago, why has the Council not yet come forward with an assessment of whether Member States have complied with the provisions of the framework decision?

2. When will the Council’s assessment be published?

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