16 March 2021 - In a conversation with the President of Central Council of Jewish Communities in Finland, Yaron Nadbornik, the European Commission Coordinator on Combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, Katharina von Schnurbein, addressed the question of safety and ways to safeguard Jewish life in Europe.
24 February 2021 - Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, contributed to a briefing for members of the US House and Senate Bipartisan Taskforces for Combating Antisemitism, alongside Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR).
1, 2 February 2021 - The Swedish OSCE Chairpersonship 2021, in consultation with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODHIR), organised an online experts meeting on "Combating anti-Semitism in the OSCE region" on 1st and 2nd February 2021, with 47 OSCE countries representatives, civil society actors and Jewish communities representatives.
President von der Leyen delivered a keynote message at the “International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Renewed commitment through innovation and cooperation” event organised by B’nai B’rith International.
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.
Today, the handbook for the practical use of the IHRA working definition of antisemitism was published. This document was commissioned by the European Commission and published jointly with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, with support from the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
“Development of national strategies, guidance for the practical use of the IHRA definition of antisemitism, and fighting antisemitic prejudices as part of civic orientation measures."
The European Commission welcomes today's unanimous approval of a Council declaration mainstreaming the fight against antisemitism across all policy areas.
At the online conference “Antisemitism online –The role of prevention and education in tackling antisemitic hate speech”, organised by the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Commission presented the work carried out at the EU level on combating hate speech online, including antisemitism, and discussed the role of the upcoming Digital Service Act and the EU Strategy on antisemitism in tackling illegal hate speech.
The European Union and the State of Israel held their 13th High Level Seminar on combating racism, xenophobia and antisemitism online, via videoconference.
Message on behalf of the European Commission at the passing of Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z’’l.
Katharina von Schnurbein, European Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, joint the initiative of Lord John Mann, HM Government’s Independent for Adviser on Antisemitism, in signing a letter that urges football clubs to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.
Vice-President Schinas delivered a keynote speech at the DE Presidency online-conference: ‘Working together to fight antisemitism in Europe: Structures and strategies for a holistic approach’.