Racism continues to be an expression of hatred that must be tackled across the globe. On the International Day against Racial Discrimination, the EU stresses once again its commitment to the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. But commitments need to be always translated in acts. That’s why the EU has called for an Anti-racism Summit, to build a truly anti-racist Union.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that emerging challenges have wide and cross-national implications, and highlighted the necessity of coming together to discuss common answers to global questions. The EU and the Council of Europe have adapted to the situation and continued to work together to protect European citizens, setting an example of effective multilateralism.
World Women’s Day is a reminder to celebrate women's achievements, increase visibility, and address inequality, 365 days a year! The past year has been difficult. The pandemic spared nobody and has been particularly challenging for women. Doctors, nurses, teachers, shop assistants – jobs often held by women – found themselves at the frontline of the pandemic while taking on more responsibilities at home. In its statement to mark World Women’s Day, the EU thanks women for their bravery, their compassion and their contribution in fighting this crisis.