Today, June 18, 2019, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă participated in the opening of the international conference on “The prospect of a future strategy on the prevention of and the fight against antisemitism, racism, xenophobia, radicalisation and hate speech”
Co-organised by the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania and the World Jewish Congress, the conference is the third high-level international event on countering antisemitism which is held under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The Bucharest conference brings together representatives of the Jewish communities across the world as well as special national coordinators charged with countering antisemitism, and aims at providing an opportunity to debate the current issues that the members of the Jewish communities worldwide are being faced with, as well as to identify sustainable solutions that can be effectively implemented.
In her speech, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă recalled that the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU has placed a special emphasis on the topic of countering antisemitism, which is a priority on the Presidency agenda.
“The fourth pillar among the priorities of the Presidency, Europe of common values, includes topics related to the effective fight against racism, intolerance, xenophobia, populism, antisemitism and the deterrence of hate speech, while the current context in Europe is marred by a concerning rise of intolerance phenomena (…). Through the work of the Romanian Council Presidency and the manner in which it chose to approach the topic of countering antisemitism, we have resolved to support the European and the international efforts made to that end. We do hope that our engagement in this area will bring the expected outcomes! (…). I can assure you that Romania will continue to commit to this topic in a serious and engaged manner also after our office is relayed, and we do hope that other Member States will follow suit!”, the Prime Minister affirmed in her speech.
She also warned that, in spite of all the existing instruments and initiatives, antisemitism in European societies was a growing problem that had already become a fact of life, which also emerged from the survey published by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights on December 10, 2018. Such concerning developments require an unwavering response both from the European fora and the Member States.
Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă pointed out the efforts made by Romania in the areas of teaching, researching and remembering the Holocaust as well as of countering antisemitism, a reference endeavour for the countries in the region and across the world.
She also expressed her hope that the working IHRA definition of antisemitism, which owes its adoption to the sustained efforts made under the Romanian IHRA Chairmanship, would be adopted by as many countries as possible across the world.
The topic of countering antisemitism, included under pillar 4, Europe of common values, is a priority included in the agenda of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The Romanian Council Presidency organised another two high-level international events on that topic. The event held in Brussels on February 7, 2019, co-organised with the American Jewish Committee, Bnai Brith International, the European Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress, focused on countering antisemitism at European level.
The event held in Bucharest on March 13, 2019, approached the role of the memorial museums in countering antisemitism and the denial of the Holocaust and focused on the promotion of one of the most important current national projects, namely, the opening of the National Museum of Jewish History and Holocaust of Romania.