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Agenda

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

08:45

Opening of the streaming

09:00

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

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

09:15

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

09:25

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

09:35

Reality bites by activists and representatives of civil society organisations

10:00

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

10:15

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

 Panellists:

  • 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

11:20

Coffee Break

11:35

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

Panellists:

12:45

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

13:00

End of the Summit

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