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Anti-Semitism From an EU Institutional Perspective

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Andras Baneth

on 22 August 2013

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Transcript of Anti-Semitism From an EU Institutional Perspective

Jewish Contribution to EU Integration
Anti-Semitism From an EU Institutional Perspective
by Andras Baneth
The EU project
by Joseph Horowitz Weiler
(fight against the demonic elements of humanity)
(condition of human dignity and against scapegoats)
(controlling the excesses of the modern nation-state and cultural diversity)
What can EU institutions do against anti-Semitism?
Three points
Jews have too much power in the business world.
Percent responding “probably true”
“is prejudice, hatred of, or discrimination against Jews for reasons connected to their Jewish heritage. A person who holds such positions is called an anti-Semite ”
How is anti-Semitism defined?
Individual level action:
Source: Wikipedia
EU Institutions & Bodies to consider
European Public
Guardian of the Treaties
Political scrutiny (is it enough?)
Preliminary ruling
European Court of Justice
collecting and analysing information and data;
European Ombudsman
Investigates ‘maladministration’
Not EU institution
ii. European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights [Council of Europe]
From a legal & policy perspective
I. Treaty on European Union & Charter of Fundamental Rights

1. Article 21 of CFR:

(1) Any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation shall be prohibited.”

2. Article 22 of CFR:
“Cultural, religious and linguistic diversity
The Union shall respect cultural, religious and linguistic diversity.”
iv. Education programs & financing
(e.g. ESF, Youth program)
iii. Member States’ laws
(criminal, employment, others)
Conference - Beer-Sheva, 7 May 2013
Co-founder & Director of the European Training Academy
Source: ADL.com
Infringement procedures
Perspective:Member States: legal/administrativeEnlargement & 3rd countries: political als
Internally: equal opportunities & code of conduct
Standing (sub)committees (e.g. Civil Liberties-JHA, Human Rights)
National laws’ compliance with EU law
providing assistance and expertise;
communicating and raising rights awareness.
Strong on scrutinizing 'democratic values'
Venice Commission
special thanks to Tamás Lukácsi (from the EP) for his input
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