From 31 March until 30 June 2022, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is inviting young people from around the world to complete a questionnaire that will help shape the content of the General Comment No. 26 ( General Comment on Children’s Rights and the Environment with a Special Focus on Climate Change). This is the official UN guidance on what governments must do to uphold children’s rights and protect our planet. This consultation will help fill gaps in their current understanding of certain key issues and clarify difficult concepts (e.g. rights of future generations) and most importantly, integrate the voices of children and young people and the most impacted by the issue.
28 March 2022 - Katharina von Schnurbein met with Marek Siwiec, CEO of Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center (BYHMC), and Ruslan Kavatsiuk, Deputy CEO, to discuss the impact of the Russian military agression on Ukraine on Ukrainian Jews, Ukrainian Jewish heritage and the work of BYHMC.
31 March 2022 - The European Commission Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life joined a panel discussion of special, Lord John Mann (United Kingdom), Dr. Felix Klein (Germany) and US Deputy Special envoy Aaron Keyak at the hybrid Jerusalem Post Conference gathering about 450 people at the Tottenham Stadium premises.
The European Commission organises an online info session on the Call for proposals for actions on the protection of public spaces (including places of worship, CBRN-E, unmanned aircraft systems) (ISF-2022-TF1-AG-PROTECT).
In its conclusions of 24-25 March, the European Council called on Member States to intensify their efforts in a continued spirit of unity and solidarity, and it invited the Commission to take the necessary initiatives to facilitate such efforts.
20 March 2022 - Vice President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, took part in Greece's commemoration ceremony of the deportation of Jews from Thessaloniki during World War II and laid flowers at the train that traveled 79 years ago with the first 2,800 Jews from Thessaloniki to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
21 March 2022 - In a workshop on 'Combating the mainstreaming of radical discourse among young people' organised by the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), Katharina von Schnurbein, Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, addressed the dangerous rise of antisemitic discourse online and offline and the need to take concrete actions to raise awareness and educate about and safeguard the facts in order to prevent and counter the scourge of antisemitism.
14 March 2022 - In a joint hearing organised by the Council's Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination with the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance, Katharina von Schnurbein presented the EU Antisemitism Strategy and recommendations ahead of the report that is being prepared on Combating antisemitism in Europe for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
16 March 2022 - In an online panel discussion organised by the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, Katharina von Schnurbein, the European Commission's Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, together with Edwin Shuker, Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, addressed the importance of cultural heritage recovery to combat antisemitism and terrorism.
17 March 2022 - The Council of Europe adopted the 'Recommendation on passing on remembrance of the Holocaust and preventing crimes against humanity' addressed to the governments of its 46 member states. The text represents a comprehensive and up-to-date guidance on how to ensure remembrance of the Holocaust at a time when there are fewer and fewer survivors to bear direct witness.
16 March 2022 - Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, met with Jewish students from across and beyond Europe as part of the EU Activism Seminar and discussed the fight against antisemitism and the efforts EU does in order to ensure a safer and more inclusive society for students, both online and offline.
10 March 2022 - Equinet brought together equality body staff, representatives of EU institutions and national authorities, and (Jewish) civil society organisations and communities in a workshop that aimed to encourage them to discuss, share best practices and find best solutions to tackle antisemitism.
2 March 2022 - At an informative session organised by Women(s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO) of Austria and Germany, Katharina von Schnurbein, presented the work of the EU in the fight against antisemitism and the promotion of Jewish life in Europe. The presentation was followed by an open discussion with the participants.
4 March 2022 - The Council of the European Union adopted today the Conclusions on combating racism and antisemitism which endorse the EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life and invite Member States to develop national action plans and/or strategies, and endeavor to do so by the end of 2022.
1 March 2022 - Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, met with Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League in Brussels to discuss the current challenges, in particular with regards to antisemitic hate speech, conspiracy myths and disinformation online and the need to education about Jewish life and antisemitism.
1 March 2022 - In Putin’s war against Ukraine, a missile strike hit Kyiv’s television tower that is located close to the memorial site of Babyn Yar, the ravine where more than 30,771 Jews were shot in the autumn of 1941 by the Nazis.
1 March 2022 - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delievered a speech at the European Parliament Plenary on Putin’s aggression against Ukraine.
1 March 2022 - The European Parliament Delegation for relations with Israel together with members of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs dedicated a session to an exchange of views on the EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life.
On the European Day for Victims of Crime, 22 February, Eric Dupond-Moretti, Keeper of the Seals, Minister for Justice and President of the Council of EU Justice Ministers, and Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice, call on all Member States to implement and promote 116 006, the European number for the care and referral of all victims.
On 29 and 30 March the RAN Communication and Narratives (C&N) Working Group will hold an online meeting on ‘Antisemitism as a part of almost all extremist ideologies and narratives’.