BRUSSELS, Dec. 9 () –
The European Commission has demanded this Thursday that crime and hate speech be included in the list of crimes at the community level given the “serious and worrying” trend within the European bloc in the context of the pandemic.
Brussels considers that it is a phenomenon on the rise, which also occurs on the Internet, and requires common action at the European level, since until now there is no legal basis to pursue these situations at the level of the Twenty-seven.
For this reason, it calls for extending the list of crimes in the EU and ensuring that there are common minimum rules to define these crimes and impose sanctions that are applicable throughout the territory of the Union.
The European Executive had announced its intention to take advantage of this proposal to also include the crime of gender violence, however the initiative will be postponed to the first quarter of 2022, as the EU president, Ursula von der Leyen, recently pointed out.
Brussels considers that this measure is the only one that guarantees an effective and consistent approach to this phenomenon at EU level, as well as adequate protection for victims.
The proposal calls for taking into account the cross-border dimension of hate speech. Due to the digital environment and to the fact that the ideologies that feed these discourses are developed at an international level, the perpetrators of these crimes can be groups with members from different EU countries.
In addition, it defends that these crimes represent a specific type of crime since they are directed against people who share certain characteristics, and are “particularly serious” since they undermine the common values of the EU.
This request is part of a continuous increase in this type of crime, which Brussels attributes to social and economic factors and digital changes, in addition to the coronavirus crisis.