Bulgarian Jewish organisations have held discussions on co-operation in the fight against antisemitism and hate speech, including through regular monthly reports to the National Co-ordinator for Combating Antisemitism.

The talks were held on September 27 between Dr Alexander Oscar, president of the Organisation of the Jews in Bulgaria “Shalom” – the country’s EJC affiliate – Dr Joseph Assa, president of the Sofia Lodge Carmel 3355 of B’nai B’rith, Viktor Melamed, director of the Sofia office of the American Jewish Committee, the head of Shalom’s committee against antisemitism and hate speech Robert Djerassy, and Deputy Foreign Minister Georg Georgiev, National Co-ordinator for Combating Antisemitism.

It is envisaged that, as of October 2018, the three organisations will work together to provide the National Co-ordinator with a monthly report on cases of antisemitism, xenophobia, racism and other forms of negative discrimination, both physically and online, throughout Bulgaria.

The National Co-ordinator will react to the report by triggering the necessary responses at institutional level, including law enforcement. Also envisaged is the signing of a memorandum of understanding on co-operation among Jewish organisations in Bulgaria.