Amid rising antisemitism worldwide the European Commission has adopted the communication: ‘No place for hate: a Europe united against hatred’.
Member States are called to stand up against hate and implement measures to combat it, both online and offline spheres.
With the communication, the European Commission is stepping up its efforts to fight hatred in all its forms, by reinforcing action across a variety of policies, including security, digital, education, culture and sport. This includes additional funding to protect places of worship and will be backed up by the designation of Envoys with an explicit mandate to maximise the potential of EU policies to combat hatred.
“Since 2020, the PROTECT programme has been supporting a range of transnational and interreligious projects conducting vulnerability assessment in places of worship and providing
training to faith leaders and their communities. This experience fed into new funding in 2022
to extend the programme and protect places of worship and communities of all faiths, with
projects focusing on protecting Jewish places of worship, education and community gathering,
working with organisations including the Security and Crisis Center of the European Jewish
Congress. The funding is now being further increased with the upcoming call on protection
of public spaces, where places of worship such as synagogues and mosques, religious schools
and community gatherings will be one of the key priorities. In view of the urgency, this call for
proposals will be brought forward from its initial 2024 planning to 2023, including dedicated
funding to tackle antisemitism. In addition, the Commission supports Member States to adapt
their national response, including with additional funding through the Internal Security Fund to
address the immediate priorities.”