Joining forces against anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hatred in the EU: outcomes of the first Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights
On 1-2 October 2015, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner Věra Jourová hosted the European Commission’s first Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights. The event brought together, in an interactive roundtable discussion, local, national and EU policy makers, international and civil society organisations, religious and community leaders, equality bodies, representatives from the worlds of education, work and media, and renowned academics and philosophers. Participants examined the underlying reasons behind the surge in antisemitic and anti-Muslim incidents in Europe; identified avenues to urgently address these phenomena; and agreed to join forces to encourage a culture of inclusive tolerance and respect in the European Union. “Focus was put on the role of education and lifelong learning”, said Gina Ebner from EAEA, present at the event.