A committee of experts evaluated the Circular COL 13/2013, which provides a framework for addressing discrimination and hate crimes. While stating that the tool is adequate overall, the Committee noted under-reporting, high dismissal rates of the complaints received and occasional deficiencies in application of the Circular by police and prosecutors.
The law enforcement and justice bodies have collaborated with Unia, the equality body, on improvements to guidance for police and prosecutors on investigation, prosecution and recording of hate crimes, resulting in several regionally (Antwerp and Limburg) and locally (Mechelen) applicable guidelines.
The police have, in collaboration with LGBTI civil society organizations, worked to facilitate the reporting of hate crimes by the LGBTI community. Measures have included the development of a reporting app, the appointment of a special police contact mailbox (in the city of Ghent) and an emergency hotline. Structured consultation involving the police, Unia and CSOs has been taking place twice a year.