European Commission holds first ever working group on antisemitism
As Europe grapples with a rising tide of antisemitism, the European Commission held its first-ever working group on the matter.
The meeting, which convened almost 100 representatives of Jewish communities, EU Member States and international organisations, spent a full day discussing security, including risk assessments, building trust and physical protections.
“The Commission is acting together with member states to counter the rise of antisemitism, to fight holocaust denial and to guarantee that Jews have the full support of the authorities to keep them safe,” EU Justice commissioner Věra Jourová said in a statement before the session. “The Working Group will help member states coordinate their actions and fight antisemitism efficiently together.”
The EU was presented with its first action plan to combat antisemitism in February, when the European Jewish Congress (EJC) called on EU member states to adopt in full the IHRA Working Definition on Antisemitism.