On Wednesday (16 November), the European Commission hosted the first ever EU Civil Society Forum to combat antisemitism. The two-day event will also see the launch of a network for young European Ambassadors to support Holocaust Remembrance. Yossi lempkowicz writes that the Forum and network of Ambassadors are two of the most important initiatives in the EU Strategy to combat antisemitism, fostering Jewish life and was launched by the EU Commission 2021.
“We are intensifying our efforts to combat antisemitism, and foster Jewish life. Forum will be a platform for civil society to connect initiatives from different member countries. Margaritis Schinas, Vice President of the Commission, stated that EUR20 million will be made available by the end of the year to fight all forms racism, antisemitism, and EUR10 million for Holocaust remembrance initiatives.
The European Commission is establishing a network of young ambassadors to help build bridges between Holocaust survivors and young Europeans. The Forum brings together representatives from the EU, Israel, and other countries. It aims to empower civil societies to create new actions and projects on Jewish culture and Holocaust remembrance and fight against online antisemitism. As part of the European Year of Youth 2022 the network of Young European Ambassadors was launched to assist young Europeans in accessing and sharing accurate information about Holocaust. It will also help them start Holocaust commemoration in their own communities.
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