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The EU would like to thank the Special Rapporteur for the presentation of her report and to warmly welcome Ms. Achiume in her new position.
We share the Special Rapporteur concern about the resurgent xenophobic and racist rhetoric and policies rooted in ethno-nationalism that do not only harm non-citizens of any given nation. They also make citizens who belong to ethnic, racial or religious minorities vulnerable to discrimination and intolerance.
The EU reiterates its commitment to achieve substantive racial equality and to uphold human rights standards in all circumstances, and continues to take steps to protect the rights of non-citizens, including through the work of the High Level Group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerances. At its fourth meeting the High Level Group acknowledged the importance of developing a comprehensive approach made up of coherent but also diversified legislative and policy responses to discrimination, exclusion, prejudice, stereotyping and manifestations of intolerance, taking into account the specific challenges faced by different communities and groups. In this regard, the European Commission adopted the 2018 Rights, Equality and Citizenship Work Programme allocating funds support activities and actions developed by relevant stakeholders in the field of combating racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance.
The EU shares the view of the Special Rapporteur that an intersectional analysis of the problem of racial discrimination and intolerance is needed to achieve substantive racial equality. Ms. Achiume, could you elaborate on how to reflect the intersectional approach to racial discrimination in national action plans?
I thank you, Mr President.