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Interview with POLITICO on upcoming EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life

31 August 2021 - POLITICO interviewed the Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, Katharina von Schnurbein, ahead of the adoption of the first-ever ambitious and comprehensive Strategy on combating antisemitism by the European Commission. The interview touches upon the online antisemitism and its consequences on real life, the Israel and Europe relation, the need for strategies at national level, the importance of preserving the memory of the Holocaust and of raising awareness about Jewish life as well as the danger of antisemitism for our societies.

Commission calls on Greece, the Netherlands and Lithuania to fully transpose EU law criminalising hate speech and hate crimes

09 June 2021 - The Commission decided to send letters of formal notice to Greece, the Netherlands and Lithuania as their national laws do not fully or accurately transpose EU rules on combating racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law (Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA). The purpose of this Framework Decision is to ensure that serious manifestations of racism and xenophobia, such as public incitement to violence or hatred, are punishable by effective, proportionate and dissuasive criminal penalties.

The Roadmap for the Victims’ Rights Directive - open for feedback

The European Commission published a Roadmap for the Evaluation of the Victims’ Rights Directive Directive (Directive 2012/29/EU). It is open for feedback until 30 December 2020. As part of the EU strategy on victims’ rights, this initiative will evaluate the Directive to assess to what extent it has achieved its objectives in terms of its implementation and practical application in EU countries. The new strategy aims to empower victims of crime and to work together for victims' rights. It also promotes an integrated and targeted EU approach to support victims with special needs, such as child victims.

Vice-President Schinas in conversation with a Holocaust Survivor

To commemorate the Holocaust, Vice-President Margaritis Schinas will exchange thoughts with Holocaust survivor Irish-Slovak Tomi Reichental on the lessons of the Holocaust for 21st century Europe, new forms of remembrance, concepts of atonement and reconciliation, and our common duty to speak up and counter Holocaust denial and distortion.

Event to mark the entry into application of the GDPR

The European Commission (EC) is organising on 25th May 2018 three events to mark the entry into application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): one in Brussels, one in New Delhi and one in Santiago.

European Commission teams up with ODIHR and World Jewish Congress to improve security for Latvian Jewish community

17 September 2021 – To address the rise of antisemitism in Europe and the security threats it poses to the Jewish communities, the European Commission together with OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the World Jewish Congress are organising a series of events to build effective communication between National Security Institutions and Jewish communities.

Katharina von Schnurbein addresses General Assembly of EUJS Summer U

19 August 2021 - Katharina von Schnurbein addressed the European Union of Jewsih Students (EUJS) Summer U General Assembly that took place in Italy, in front of young Jewish activists from Europe and beyond. She congratulated the newly elected EUJS President, Elias Dray, and offered Commission's support in the fight against antisemitism.

The Commission publishes study on digital violent right-wing extremist content

22 July 2021 - The Commission published a study entitled 'Heroes and scapegoats: Right-wing extremism in digital environments'. The study focusses on the different aspects of digital violent right-wing extremist (VRWE) content, i.e., textual or visual messages that express acceptance, condoning, justification or acclamation of violence for the sake of a radical nationalistic ideal. The study, among other groups, focusses thereby on Jews as a target of VRWE.