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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.

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Combating antisemitism

date:  17/09/2021

In today’s event in Latvia, the European Commission Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, Katharina von Schnurbein, addressed Latvian law enforcement authorities, security experts and the Jewish community emphasizing the Commission's support and determination to ensure a Europe free from antisemitism. Mārtiņš Šteins, Latvian Vice Minister for the Interior, in his opening remarks stressed Latvia’s commitment to fight antisemitism and xenophobia. 

The further aim of this event was to raise awareness among the authorities on the history of Jewish life and culture in Latvia, but also to identify current and potential challenges to the community, such as specific security issues stemming from antisemitic conspiracy theories or antisemitic bias. The event also aimed at establishing coordination structures and designated contact points to facilitate effective and meaningful communication between the authorities and the Jewish community in Latvia, in order to recognize and address antisemitism in all its forms.