Justice Minister Robert Cazanciuc has attended the ‘Tolerance and Respect: Preventing and Combating anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim Hatred in Europe’ colloquium (October 1-2) in Brussels, at the invitation of European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans.
The event was attended by justice ministers from several EU member states, NGOs and civil society representatives, religious leaders, academics and MPs.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Justice sent to AGERPRES on Friday, the talks focused on the need to find quick and viable answers to challenges all EU member states are currently facing when seeking to fully observe the citizens’ fundamental rights.
The Ministry of Justice states that, in this context, the Romanian minister had bilateral talks with Vera Jourova, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, with focus on the need to strengthen dialogue between citizens of EU member states and national and EU officials.
“In this regard, the Romanian minister proposed to organize in Romania an event to facilitate dialogue between Romanian citizens and EU commissioners. During his intervention, Minister Cazanciuc underlined that “the society should not tolerate hate crimes. This starts with a solid education regarding tolerance and non-discrimination,” the statement reads.
According to the Ministry of Justice, this was the first colloquium on fundamental rights in the EU, in an annual series to be organized by Frans Timmermans, EC’s First Vice President for Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.