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Register now: Facing Facts Network European Parliament hearing on 6 July


The sharp rise of recorded hate speech and hate crime incidents in Europe, both online and offline, has become particularly worrying, endangering the normalisation of these phenomena across the  EU. In light of next year’s European elections, and yet with no basis for a common European criminal law response to tackle all forms of hate speech and hate crime, the hearing organised by Facing Facts Network in cooperation with ARDI aims to  shed  light on  the ways cooperation and action can be enhanced for  CSOs, public authorities, and EU institutions. The hearing is an invitation to key stakeholders and the European Parliament to conceive themselves as part of a hate crime/hate speech response system in which problems are co-diagnosed and actions co-prioritized through multi-stakeholder, multi-national, EU, regional, cross-institutional methods. Participants will have the opportunity to locate themselves, their relationships, and their role within national, regional, and local systems and begin to see opportunities for collaborative action, with a specific emphasis on the role of the European Parliament and the national Spanish case as best practice. 

Aims and Objectives:

  • Promoting systems-thinking and collaborative response to the problem of hate crime and hate speech through a holistic multistakeholder, multi-national, EU, regional, cross-institutional, understanding role and opportunities in national/regional/local systems.
  • Examining relationships of actors implementing EU norms addressing hate crimes and hate speech
  • Share knowledge about the application and limitation of EU norms at local level
  • Crafting ways to move forward – Showcasing  findings of Facing Facts latest reportCurrent activities & gaps in Hate speech responses: A Mapping report for the Facing Facts Network.


When? 6th July 2023  / 10.00h – 13.00h

Where? Brussels, European Parliament

For whom? Members of the Facing Facts Network, CSOs, policymakers, IGOs, community based organisations, and EU institutions, such as the European Commission and the European Parliament, responsible for addressing hate crime and hate speech in Europe.

Registration deadline: Sunday, 2nd July 2023.

Below you can find the agenda for the hearing.

Draft Program (subject to changes)

10.00-10.30 Opening Remarks
Robin Sclafani, CEJI Executive Director
Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, MEP
Victoria Hernández Esguevillas, Spanish Presidency

10.35-10.50 Panel: The HC/HS response system and the role of the EP
Melissa Sonnino, Facing Facts Network Director

10.50-11.50 Dynamic discussion panel
Sonia Jimenez Rubio, Spanish Observatory on Racism and Xenophobia (OBERAXE)
Javier Sáez, Fundación Secretariado Gitano
Tommaso Chiamparino, European Commission
Maite Pagaza, MEP (TBC)
Jelena Jovanovic, ARDI

11.50-12.05 Coffee Break 

12.05-12.35 Q&A Discussion

12.35-13.00 Concluding Remarks

Please be aware that spaces are limited, and acceptance is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Kindly note that registering for the Facing Facts Network hearing does not guarantee confirmation to the event. 

A confirmation message will be sent to you after we reviewed your information.

The Facing Facts Network consists of 30 members in 15 countries and works across communities and institutions to transform understandings and responses to hate crime and hate speech in Europe and beyond for the benefit of victims, communities and EU societies. The Facing Facts Network contributes to the overall EU policy objective of combating racism, xenophobia and all forms of intolerance by developing, sharing and implementing innovative and transformative capacity building, research and advocacy tools in partnership with all stakeholders that play a role in understanding and addressing hate crime and hate speech in Europe.