Skip to main content


European Anti-Racism Summit


19 March 2021
09:00 – 13:00
Virtual meeting
Moderator: Shada Islam

The European Commission is co-hosting this Summit with the Portuguese Presidency of the
Council of the European Union, and in cooperation with the Anti-Racism and Diversity
Intergroup of the European Parliament


Opening of the streaming


Welcome by the Moderator Shada Islam,
Independent EU Analyst and Commentator

Introductory address by Ursula von der Leyen,
President of the European Commission


Keynote Speech by Helena Dalli,
Commissioner for Equality, European Commission


“Nothing about us without us”, Intervention by Simon Woolley,
Baron Woolley of Woodford, Member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom


Reality bites by activists and representatives of civil society organisations


Keynote Speech by Mariana Vieira da Silva,
Minister of State for the Presidency, Portugal


High Level Panel discussion: The European Anti-Racism Action Plan – From words to action
Introduction: “Let’s talk about structural racism” Intervention by Michael O´Flaherty, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights


  • Sarah Schlitz, Federal State Secretary for Equal Opportunities and Diversity, Belgium
  • Samira Rafaela, Co-President of the ARDI Intergroup, European Parliament
  • Romeo Franz, Co-President of the ARDI Intergroup, European Parliament
  • Karen Taylor, European Network Against Racism (ENAR), Chair of the Board
  • Raya Kalenova, European Jewish Congress
  • Fiyaz Mughal, Founder of Faith Matters and Tell Mama


Coffee Break


High Level Panel discussion: Tackling racism and racial discrimination through legislation
Introduction: “From the Racial Equality Directive to future legislation strengthening equality bodies and tackling racial discrimination not yet covered by EU law”  by Salla Saastamoinen, Acting Director General, DG Justice, Justice and Consumers, European Commission



Concluding remarks:

  • Roberta Metsola, Vice President of the European Parliament
  • Cveto Uršič, State Secretary,  Ministry for Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Slovenia
  • Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, European Commission


End of the Summit

Back to top