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Romania's Grand Cross of the National Order For Merit awarded to EJC President Dr Moshe Kantor
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Romania's Grand Cross of the National Order For Merit awarded to EJC President Dr Moshe Kantor

European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor was awarded the Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit by Romanian President Traian Basescu in the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest on Tuesday, March 11. 

The award was presented as a “symbol of great appreciation for Dr. Moshe Kantor’s moral and professional contribution to tolerance, reconciliation and peace in Europe which he has demonstrated throughout his life, for his strong contribution in preserving Jewish heritage and dialogue between faiths and ethnic groups, as well as contributing to Romanian-Israeli relations.” 

"I am delighted to accept this award which highlights the need for greater tolerance and peace in Europe," Kantor said. "European tolerance is being tested these days, especially ahead of the European elections where extremist parties are gaining power and are predicted to receive around a quarter of all votes." 

"We, the European political center, must motivate and rally for the European future, because some wish to take us back to Old Europe, the Europe of conflict, hatred and xenophobia and we must remain vigilant. Our answer must be at the ballot boxes and through the democratic processes." 

The ceremony was attended by members of the Diplomatic Corps, MPs and other high level officials from the public and private sector. 

Kantor and the EJC delegation, comprising leaders of affiliated European Jewish Communities, also held private meetings with President Basescu and Prime Minister Victor Ponta to discuss key issues of concern impacting upon Jewish life across the continent.

Previously, Dr. Kantor received the following government awards: Order of Merit (Poland, 2005), Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise (Ukraine, 2006), Order of Leopold (Belgium, 2009), National Order of the Legion of Honour the Chevalier Dans L’Ordre National de la Legion d’honneur by the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy (France, 2012), and the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Italy, 2013).

Additionally, he has been awarded the Medal of Merit for Medal “Deserved for Tolerance” by the Ecumenical Foundation Tolerance (2011); and the European Jewish Leadership Award (2012).

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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