Romania's Foreign Ministry (MAE), in cooperation with the Elie Wiesel National Institute for Holocaust Studies and the Romanian National Defence College are holding today in Bucharest a regional conference on combating anti-Semitism.
'The conference confirms Romania's constant interest in anti-Semitism issues. Romania is one of the main supporters of the idea of holding a conference on combating anti-Semitism, discrimination and intolerance, under the aegis of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), that would also promote mutual respect and understanding,' MEA informs in a press release.
According to the release, the conference, to be hosted by the National Military Club, will highlight the part of the new legislative framework and institutions concerned with monitoring, preventing and combating anti-Semitism in the attending countries.
Also approached will be institutional cooperation at a national and regional level, as well as at the level of non-governmental organisations and the media in educating the younger generations to learn and integrate the lessons of history about tolerance and respect to ethnic and cultural diversity.
Addressing the attendees will be Romanian Minister for Education, Research and Youth Cristian Adomnitei; Justice Minister Catalin Marian Predoiu; ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu, and MAE state secretary for European affairs Raduta Matache.
Also attending the conference will be officials of the Romanian Defence Ministry, Ministry of Development, Public Works and Housing, the Federation of the Jewish Communities of Romania, the Elie Wiesel National Institute for Holocaust Studies and the Romanian National Defence College.
Delivering speeches will be high representatives of world Jewish organizations – the American Jewish Committee, the B'nai B'rith International, the World Jewish Congress, as well as of international organisations – the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, the Human Rights Agency of the European Union, and members of official delegations from 26 attending countries, including France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Finland, Greece, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Israel, and the US.
The last similar event to date was hosted by Bucharest City in June 6-8, 2007.