Official Journal of the European Union

C 181/1

Resolution of the European Economic and Social Committee against discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin, adopted at its 479th plenary session

2012/C 181/01

At its plenary session of 28 and 29 March 2012 (meeting of 29 March), the European Economic and Social Committee adopted the present resolution by 148 votes and 3 abstentions.

‘On 8 February 2012, the Partij voor de Vrijheid PVV (Party for Freedom), launched a website inviting people to express their greviences about people from Eastern and Central Europe working in the Netherlands.

In a resolution of 15 March 2012, the European Parliament roundly condemned this denunciation website. As the representative of organised civil society, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) denounces this action and the xenophobia and racism it embodies. The EESC calls on the Dutch people and the Dutch government to take decisive action against this initiative, which can no longer be tolerated.

The EESC and its members affirm the following points:

The European Union Treaties and European Charter of Fundamental Rights are based on the principle of non-discrimination. The message sent out by this website goes against this principle, by discriminating against European citizens on grounds of nationality.

The EESC condemns all activities that go against fundamental European values, including freedom, equality and respect for human rights.

The EESC supports the EP in its call for the Commission and the Council to do their utmost to stop the spread of xenophobic attitudes in the EU.’

Brussels, 29 March 2012.

The President of the European Economic and Social Committee