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ECAR - European Cities against Racism


Project summary:

The overall goal of the project 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.

The project which involves nine administrations and NGOs from Germany (Berlin, also project coordinator), Austria (Graz), Spain (Madrid) and Sweden (Botkyrka, Vxjo) intends to

  • increase awareness both of citizens and of stakeholders (in public administrations, civil society) towards tolerance and non-discriminatory behaviour and their responsibilities in combating discrimination,
  • empower vulnerable groups of the population, who due to their ethnic origin or skin colour suffer from discrimination,
  • support exchange and cooperation among stakeholders of different European cities in view of effectively combating racism and to establish multi-stakeholder networks,
  • develop a monitoring scheme to measure the success of measures and approaches to combat racism,
  • draw conclusions and give recommendations for further activities against racism,
  • inform the general public about local and international activities of cities against racism.

Main target groups are NGO and administration stakeholders, vulnerable groups and the media and population the participating cities to be reached through an analysis paper, a monitoring scheme, different brochures and papers and a European platform on combating racism and xenophobia.


Project lead: Senate Department for Integration, Labour and Social Services, Berlin Anti-Discrimination Office

Coordination: BGZ Berlin International Cooperation Agency

Project dates: May 2011 - April 2013


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Donor: European Commission, DG Justice

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.