September 23, 2020, 05.15 PM

Under the plan, data on the diversity of commission staff will for the first time be collected on the basis of a voluntary survey that will help define new recruitment policies.

Meanwhile, the new coordinator for anti-racism will be in charge of collecting the grievances and feelings of minorities to make sure they are reflected in EU policies.

The European Union said that more than half of Europeans believe that discrimination is widespread in their country.

According to surveys carried out by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, or FRA, 45 percent of people of North African descent, 41 percent of Roma, and 39 percent of people of sub-Saharan African descent have faced such discrimination.

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The European Union's racial equality directive will also be assessed, with possible new legislation introduced in 2022.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matters protests triggered by George Floyd's death in the US, the European Commission said it would look carefully into discrimination by law enforcement authorities such as unlawful racial profiling.

Meanwhile, the bloc's Agency for Fundamental Rights will continue to collect data on police attitudes towards minorities.

The European Commission also wants to combat stereotypes and disinformation by setting up a series of seminars and promoting commemorative days linked to the issue of racism.

It also encouraged member states to address stereotypes via cultural and education programs, or the media. A summit against racism is planned next year.


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