Julie is fighting to combat racism and is promoting the creation of an Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup in the European Parliament.
With one in ten Members of the European Parliament belonging to parties that promote racist or xenophobic policies, and hate speech becoming part of political discourse (42 incidents of hate speech recorded during the election campaign), NGOs led by the European Network Against Racism believe it is important that MEPs establish a forum to counter and combat racism.
Some 100 NGOs from across Europe have called on MEPs to form an Intergroup on Anti-Racism and Diversity. This call is being supported by a number of MEPs including British ones. Intergroups are informal forums set up by MEPs to discuss issues of shared interest and to influence the European Parliament’s legislative and policy work. The power of an intergroup resides in using cross-party support to drive parliamentary work, and provides an opportunity for MEPs to engage with civil society on important issues
So far Sajjad Karim MEP, Afzal Khan MEP, Jean Lambert MEP, Linda McAvan MEP, Claude Moraes MEP and Julie Ward MEP have agreed to the creation of an Intergroup on Anti-Racism and Diversity. The key dates for the Intergroup are 26 November, when political groups decide on their priorities and 26 November - 11 December, when there will be negotiation between political groups on which Intergroups will be established.