Public hearing on the “Initiative to extend the list of EU crimes to all forms of hate crime and hate speech”

Remote event via Interactio, online platform - Wednesday, 30 March 2022 from 09:30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.


09.30 a.m. - 10.00 a.m. | Log on to platform / Interactio testing for speakers

10.00 a.m. - 10.10 a.m. | Welcome and introduction

  • José Antonio Moreno Díaz, EESC Study Group President

10.10 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. | Panel I – Presentation of the initiative and the way ahead

Moderator: Cristian Pîrvulescu, EESC Rapporteur

  • Ingrid Bellander Todino, Head of Unit - Fundamental Rights Policy, European Commission DG Justice and Consumers
  • Pauline Dubarry, Chair of the Council Working Party on Fundamental Rights, Citizens Rights and Free Movement of Persons (FREMP), French Presidency


11.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. | Break

11.30 a.m. - 12.45 p.m. | Panel II - Opportunities and challenges, including: how to criminalise hate speech without infringing on freedom of expression?

Moderator: Milena Angelova, EESC Co-Rapporteur

  • Miguel Angel Aguilar Garcia, Coordinating Prosecutor for Hate Crimes and Discrimination of the Barcelona Provincial Prosecutor's Office - remotely
  • Vincent F Hendricks, Professor, Department of Communication, University of Copenhagen - remotely
  • Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
  • Mihail Boyadzhiev, Chairman of the Union of Bulgarian Foundations and Associations – remotely
  • Daris Lewis,Legal and Policy Officer, Equinet


12.45 p.m. - 01.00 p.m. | Closing remarks

  • Cristian Pîrvulescu, EESC Rapporteur
  • Milena Angelova, EESC Co-Rapporteur


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