Newsletter Combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life

News Europa - pubblicata il 09 Aprile 2024

Source: European Commission Spokesperson's Service  



Call for evidence: Public consultation of Jewish community and other civil society actors on the EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life

The European Commission opened a Call for evidence to assess the progress made in implementing the ‘EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life’ and monitor progress made by the Member States in combating antisemitism.
The EU Strategy was adopted in October 2021 and focuses on preventing and combating all forms of antisemitism, protecting and fostering Jewish life in the EU as well as on measures linked to education, research and Holocaust remembrance.
The call for evidence invites feedback on the impact of the public action on EU and national level. Your input will inform the EU progress report to be published before the summer. Your feedback received will be published on this site and therefore must adhere to the feedback rules.

Feedback period:

22 March 2024 – 19 April 2024  (midnight Brussels time)
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Open now: Call to strengthen remembrance of the Holocaust, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity to reinforce democracy in the EU

A new call for proposals for EU action grants in the field of European Remembrance under the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Value Programme (CERV) has been published.
The legacy of recent European history is a crucial pillar of the values the EU stands  for. At a time marked by historical distortion and revisionism, a return of war in Europe due to the Russian aggression against Ukraine, and an unprecedented rise of antisemitism and other forms of hatred in Europe, following the terrorist attacks by Hamas on Israel on 7 October 2023, remembrance of and education about common 20th century European experiences become even more pertinent for all parts of society, particularly for the next generation and people in positions of power.

The “Strengthening the remembrance of the Holocaust, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity to reinforce democracy in the EU” is priority 2 of the CERV Programme.

Planned opening date: 05 March 2024
Deadline date: 06 June 2024 17:00:00 Brussels time
Budget priority 2: 8.880.000 EUR
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See also Call for proposals – priority 2
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Upcoming call: Protecting EU values and rights by combating hate speech and hate crime

All forms and manifestations of hatred are incompatible with the EU values and the fundamental rights enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty and the Charter.
The online world has amplified the negative effects of hate speech. Hate crimes are a direct violation of the victims’ fundamental right to dignity, to equality and non-discrimination. Recently, the EU is experiencing an alarming increase in hate speech and hate crime, including physical and online attacks targeting in particular the Jewish and Muslim communities in Europe.

Projects under this priority should aim to enable civil society organisations to establish mechanisms of cooperation with public authorities in particular to support the reporting and recording of episodes of hate crime and hate speech; to ensure support to victims of hate speech and hate crime; and to support law enforcement, including through training or data collection methodologies and tools. Projects should also focus on activities to tackle hate speech online, including reporting content to IT companies, designing counter narratives and awareness raising campaigns, and educational activities to address the societal challenges of hate speech online.

Planned opening date: 23 April 2024
Deadline date: 18 September 2024 17:00:00 Brussels time
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Upcoming call: Combating hate speech online and offline (Horizon Europe)

Hate speech has harmful impacts on the individual victims, or groups of victims, but also on our society at large. Undermining the fundamental values of the EU, such as respect for human dignity, freedom and equality.
The Framework Decision on combating certain forms of expressions of racism and xenophobia requires the criminalisation of public incitement to violence or hatred based on race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin. The Commission’s policies address also specific forms of hate speech and hate crime against groups and communities (e.g., antisemitism, anti-Muslim hatred or anti-gypsyism, hate speech and hate crime relating to gender and sexual orientation.

Projects’ results are expected to contribute to all of the following outcomes:

  • Providing Police Authorities and other relevant security practitioners with better, modern and validated tools, methods and training curricula to tackle those activities related to hate speech;
  • Developing European common approaches, collecting data on hate speech, collecting court-proof evidence and crime attribution, and identifying and deploying relevant security measures related to hate motivated crime and speech;
  • Enhancing citizen’s security perception and the hate speech prevention by preparing education and training materials on cultural and societal impacts of hate speech and hate crime.
Planned opening date: 27 June 2024
Deadline date: 20 November 2024 17:00:00 Brussels time
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European Commission publishes ‘The legal framework to combat antisemitism in the EU’

The European Commission published a thematic report on ‘The legal framework to combat antisemitism in the EU’. The report provides a comparative overview of how legal instruments have been complied with in the 27 EU Member States, and aims to establish how and to what extent the legal framework and its practical application in the different Member States provide protection against antisemitism in three main areas: (i) non-discrimination; (i) hate crimes; and (iii) hate speech.



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