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Parliamentary questions
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11 February 2019
Question for written answer E-000790-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Branislav Škripek (ECR)

 Subject:  Measures combating anti‐ Semitism
 Answer in writing 

According to Special Eurobarometer 484 report, released by the Commission in January 2019, about half of the European respondents consider anti‐Semitism to be a problem in their home country. In some EU Member States, this figure goes well beyond a simple majority: Sweden (81%), France (72%), Germany (66%), the Netherlands (65%), the United Kingdom (62%) and Italy (58%).

Another survey published in December 2018 by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) finds, even more strikingly, that nine out of 10 Jewish respondents across the EU believe that anti‐Semitism has intensified over the past five years.

Following International Holocaust Remembrance Day, leading European politicians issued statements condemning anti‐Semitism, but without specifying the detailed measures to address this problem.

1. What is the Commission’s view of these worrisome trends?

2. What concrete measures are being prepared by the Commission to combat anti-Semitism?

3. Does the Commission feel that sufficient efforts are being made by EU Member States to address the problem? For example, France has not even adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism. Do you consider such cases to be in conflict with the values of the European Union?

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