The European Commission has announced its pledge to “present a comprehensive strategy on combating antisemitism, to complement and support Member States’ efforts.’’
The announcement was made in the European Commission’s 2021 Work Programme as part of "promoting our European way of life.” The report outlines dozens of actions the European Commission will take – most notably actions to combat the coronavirus – in the coming year to “make Europe healthier, fairer and more prosperous, while accelerating its long-term transformation into a greener economy, fit for the digital age.”
In mid-September, European Commission President von der Leyen announced that the European Commission would release a plan to combat racism, and denounced the growing trend of antisemitism and hatred across Europe, saying “hate is hate and no one should have to put up with it.”
In her remarks, President von der Leyen referenced the antisemitic Aalst Carnival, rhetorically asking, “where is the essence of humanity when antisemitic carnival costumes openly parade on our streets?
The World Jewish Congress has worked closely with the European Commission to combat antisemitism in Europe. Most recently WJC partnered with the European Commission, UNESCO and Twitter to launch the #ThinkBeforeSharing campaign. The initiative consists of comprehensive visual learning resources to raise awareness and combat conspiracy theories linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.