European Commission Holds First-Ever Working Group on Anti-Semitism

As Europe grapples with a rising tide of anti-Semitism, 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 organizations, spent a full day discussing security including risk assessments, building trust and physical protection.

“The Commission is acting together with member states to counter the rise of anti-Semitism, to fight Holocaust denial and to guarantee that Jews have the full support of the authorities to keep them safe. The working group will help member states coordinate their actions and fight anti-Semitism efficiently together,” EU justice commissioner Věra Jourová said in a statement before the session.

The EU was presented with an action plan to combat anti-Semitism in February when the European Jewish Congress called on EU member states to adopt in full the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism.

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