ECAR - European cities against racism – responsibilities of cities in counteracting racism sustainably

Racism still is a widespread phenomenon in European countries. It contradicts the core values of the European Community; for that reason successful approaches to fight racism are needed!

Cities play a significant role in shaping a tolerant, united society, dealing with differences in a productive manner and making possible a life in dignity, safety and justice for all inhabitants irrespective of national, ethnic, cultural and religious or social status.

The member cities of the European Coalition of Cities Against Racism (ECCAR) agreed on implementing a Ten-Point-Plan of Action against racism.

However the implementation of the Ten-Point-Plan of action and the development of measures against racism raises many questions like: Which strategies to fight racism are successful? Which stakeholders need to be involved? Which experiences have been made with certain methods and in different fields of action?

In order to intensely work on these important questions and to develop recommendations and innovative strategies the Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment and against Discrimination and the BGZ Berlin International Cooperation Agency established the project “ECAR - European cities against racism – responsibilities of cities in counteracting racism sustainably” together with partner cities from Austria, Sweden and Spain. Both administrations and Non-Governmental-Organizations are involved in this project, which is funded by the European Commission.

The overall goal of the project "ECAR" is to improve impact and sustainability of local strategies and actions combating racism and xenophobia – through development, exchange and transfer of innovative good practice approaches and a scheme for monitoring for the benefit of local actors across EU.

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WHAT IS ECCAR?

Upon the initiative of UNESCO the “European Coalition of Cities Against Racism” was established in Nuremberg on 10 December 2004.

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