On 7th of March 2017, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) held a meeting in Vienna with selected stakeholders in order to discuss the upcoming survey on Jewish people’s experiences and perceptions of antisemitism. In 2012, the FRA carried out a large-scale survey in nine European Member States with a particular focus on Antisemitism in Europe.
The purpose of the meeting was to gather knowhow from European Jewish communities' representatives, European bodies and civil society representatives in order to shape a strategy on the manner of directing the new survey in order for it to better reflect the reality. There were also discussions on how to increase the number of participants in the survey and how to promote a better representation of women and young adults.
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) was represented by Dr. Ariel Muzicant, Vice-President in charge of security and crisis management. Dr Muzicant emphasized the need for such a survey and spoke on behalf of EJC’s affiliated communities about the importance for the EU to fully grasp the situation on the ground and take urgent action in order to protect its European Jewish citizens.
The new survey will provide comparable data on experiences and perceptions of antisemitism, hate-motivated crime and discrimination among self-identified Jews. The second round of the survey is planned in ten EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom) in consultation with the European Commission, survey experts, national and international Jewish community representatives and international organisations. It was also suggested that Spain and the Netherlands are added to the survey.
Dr. Muzicant suggested that EJC should play a major role and be substantially involved in the process.Friday, March 10, 2017