The European Jewish Congress on November 14 participated in the European Parliament’s call for greater inter-generational solidarity during a time of economic crisis, presenting the position of Jewish communities on this issue.

At the meeting in Brussels chaired by European Parliament Vice President Laslo Surjan, EJC Deputy Secretary-General Raya Kalenova called for greater resources to be made available to voluntary and community organisations to alleviate the economic effects of the crisis.

Citing the strong network of Jewish charitable organisations as a central part of Jewish communal life, Raya Kalenova said that the EU had to urgently address the need to provide facilities for healthier and older populations while maintaining employment possibilities for the younger generation.

The meeting was held in the European Parliament and attended by EP President Martin Schulz as well as a number of MEPs.

This year has been designated as the EU’s Year of Inter-Generational Solidarity. The Conference took place within the format of Article 17 of the Lisbon Treaty which demands a permanent and transparent dialogue between the European institutions and faith and non-confessional communities.