The EJC attended the first meeting of the working group on the implementation of the Council Declaration on the fight against antisemitism and the development of a common security approach to better protect Jewish communities and institutions in Europe.
The ad-hoc working group, an initiative of the office of the European Commission coordinator on combatting antisemitism Katharina von Schnurbein was created within the existing High-level Member States expert group on Racism and Xenophobia to follow-up on the historic declaration, which was adopted unanimously by the Council of the European Union in December 2018.
The first meeting of the working group focused on the pressing issue of security of Jewish communities and premises and was opened by European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová.
The EJC delegation was led by Ophir Revach, CEO of the Security and Crisis Center (SACC) by EJC and EJC Director of European Affairs Ariella Woitchik.
Mr. Revach briefed participants on strategies to strengthen physical protection, law enforcement cooperation, training and support in order to regain a feeling of security among Jewish communities.
Representatives of EJC-affiliated Jewish communities took part in the meeting and conducted discussions with government officials in order to strengthen cooperation in the realm of security.