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The Commission has just approved the final text of the joint declaration against racism and xenophobia to be signed by the European Parliament and representatives of the Member States meeting within the Council on 11 June. The declaration stems from a Commission initiative. In March 1985 the Commission sent the Council a communication on a Community policy on migration in which it proposed the adoption of a joint declaration against xenophobia and racism. It saw this as a response to the public indignation aroused by the xenophobic attacks on migrant workers and their families which had taken place in a number of Member States. The Council and Parliament responded favourably to the Commission's proposal and took part in the discussions which led to the drafting of the following declaration : "The European Parliament, the representatives of the Member States meeting within the Council and the Commission, - recognizing the existence and growth of xenophobic attitudes, movements and acts of violence in the Community which are often directed against immigrants, - whereas the Community institutions attach prime importance to respect for fundamental rights, as solemnly proclaimed in the Joint Declaration of 5 April 1977, and to the principle of freedom of movement as laid down in the Treaty of Rome, .../... - 2 - - whereas respect for human dignity and the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination are part of the common cultural and legal heritage of all the Member States, - mindful of the positive contribution which workers who have their origins in other Member States or in third countries have made, and can continue to make, to the development of the Member States in which they legally reside and of the resulting benefits for the Community as a whole, 1. Vigorously condemn all forms of intolerance, hostility and use of force against persons or groups of persons on the grounds of racial, religious, cultural, social or national differences; 2. Affirm their resolve to protect the individuality and dignity of every member of society and to reject any form of segregation of foreigners; 3. Look upon it as indispensable that all necessary steps be taken to guarantee that this joint resolve is carried through; 4. Are determined to continue the endeavours already made to protect the individuality and dignity of every member of society and to reject any form of segregation of foreigners. 5. Stress the importance of adequate and objective information and of making all citizens aware of the dangers of racism and xenophobia, and the need to ensure that all acts or forms of discrimination are prevented orcurbed."