On 30 November 2021, the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) participated in a virtual hearing by the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs that discussed the implementation of the EU Anti-Racism Action Plan 2020–2025. According to a post on the European Parliament website:
Racism and xenophobia continue to be relevant topics on EU’s agenda. As a result of the EP resolution following the killing of George Floyd, the Commission developed the EU Anti-Racism Action Plan 2020–2025, adopted in September 2020. The objective of the hearing is to assess the EU anti-racism agenda and identify further steps to ensure its full development and implementation.
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The EU Anti-Racism Action Plan 2020–2025 is described as “a series of measures to step up action and to bring together actors at all levels to address racism more effectively in the EU.” Its objectives include increasing racial diversity of Commission staff and the implementation of a designated European Coordinator for Anti-Racism.
According to the European Parliament website, the 30 November 2021 hearing was part of a series of discussions on specific topics related to anti-racism, such as police violence against Roma. Other event participants included representatives of the European Commission, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, the Council of Europe, and the Belgian Coalition for the National Action Plan Against Racism.
ENAR has long lobbied for tougher measures against racism at the European level, demanding that EU anti-terrorism legislation consider the impact on groups that it believes are at heightened risk of discrimination. In March 2021, ENAR representatives participated in a European Commission virtual summit that discussed the EU Anti-Racism Action Plan and featured appearances by top-level EU officials, including the European Commission President and the Vice-President of the European Parliament.
ENAR is an association of over 150 NGOs describing itself as “the voice of the anti-racist movement in Europe” with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Former ENAR Director Michaël Privot, who in 2008 openly acknowledged that he was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has served in leading positions in several organizations tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB). One of ENAR’s former members was the Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en France, an Islamist influence operation with ties to organizations part of the GMB in Europe, and that was dissolved by the French authorities in 2020. In 2019, ENAR was one of 21 signatories to an open letter published by a self-described “informal European coalition against Islamophobia,” which, according to the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, was comprised mainly of organizations and one individual tied to the GMB in Europe.