In Budapest to attend the 8th Jewish Heritage Festival, European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Pierre Besnainou met with the Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsani on September 5th, 2005, to discuss the recent as well as upcoming enlargement of the European Union, and emergence of extremist political parties in the region.
President Besnainou, who was accompanied by the EJC Secretary-General Serge Cwajgenbaum, also met with the Hungarian Foreign Minister Ferenc Somogyi and former Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The Prime Minister assured the EJC leadership that a consensus exists among the political establishment to prevent anti-Semitism from rising in Hungary.
Besnainou also met with the local Jewish community, including the president of the Jewish Community of Hungary Peter Feldmayer, acting director Gusztav Zoltai, director of Foreign relations Erno Lazarovitz, Rabbis Deutsch, Vera Vardash, director of the Jewish Heritage Festival and other key leaders. Besnainou saluted the close working relationship help between the local Jewish community and Hungarian authorities.