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Parliamentary questions
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3 April 2019
E-000771/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000771/2019

The Commission agrees that the resurgence of Antisemitism across Europe is deeply worrying.

On 6 December 2018, the Council of the European Union unanimously adopted a Declaration on the fight against antisemitism and the development of a common security approach to better protect Jewish communities and institutions in Europe(1).

As part of the overall fight to combat racism and xenophobia, the Declaration identified areas where progress is needed to counter Antisemitism, such as security of Jewish premises, education, data collection and the development of national strategies to combat Antisemitism.

As a concrete follow-up, Commissioner Jourová announced on 22 January 2019 (before the International Holocaust Remembrance Day), the creation of a working group on the ‘Implementation of Council Declaration on Antisemitism’ as part of the existing EU High-level Group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance. This working group will provide support to Member States to achieve results in the areas outlined in the Declaration.

This process comes in addition to other measures to combat racism and xenophobia including the Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA on combatting certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law, the Code of Conduct with IT companies to take down illegal hate speech etc. Furthermore, the Commission continues to fund various initiatives ensuring remembrance of the Holocaust.

In 2019, EUR 7 million have been allocated under the Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme, under which the fight against Antisemitism is a priority. Applications are open until 24 April 2019 for initiatives that propose concrete measures preventing and combatting all forms of Antisemitism.

(1)http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-15213-2018-INIT/en/pdf

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