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European Jewish Congress Meets Romanian Prime Minister to Assure Support for EU Entry
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European Jewish Congress Meets Romanian Prime Minister to Assure Support for EU Entry

The European Jewish Congress met with the Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu on May 18th, to voice its support for the country's entry into the European Union following Romania's important strides taken in combating anti-Semitism and supporting fair compensation and restitution for Holocaust survivors.

The European Jewish Congress delegation, convening in Bucharest for an Executive meeting, was led by President Pierre Besnainou, and held consecutive meetings with the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu, the President of the Chamber of Deputies Bodgan Olteanu, and the principal advisors of the Romanian President.

Preisdent Besanainou assured the Romanian government officials of European Jewry's support for Romania's entry to the European Union in January 2007. He saluted Roamnia's adoption of legislation against racism and anti-Semitism, as well as their open stance concerning the eventual full restitution communal and private property.

“Such efforts demonstrate that Romania adheres to the fundamental democratic values of Europe today” said President Besnainou.

In addition, the EJC commended the Prime minister for his commitment to approach local authorities to make sure that special care is devoted to the maintenance of the numerous Jewish cemeteries around the country.

Prime Minister Popescu-Tariceanu and Foreign Minister Ungureanu both strongly condemned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's anti-Semitic revisionist statements and his repeated calls for the destruction of the state of Israel. They also expressed their solidarity with the official European Union stance to halt all dialogue with the Palestinian Hamas-led government until the group renounces terrorism and recognize the State of Israel's right to exist.

Following the meetings, EJC president Pierre Besnainou and World Jewish Congress Policy Council Chairman Israel Singer issued a joint statement, declaring their confidence in the EJC's role in establishing future relations between Romania and European Jewry.

The EJC Delegation consisted of Aurel Vainer, President of the Romanian Jewish Community and member of the Romanian Parliament, along with EJC Vice Presidents Roger Cukierman (France) and Ariel Muzicant (Austria) as well as Executive members Solomon Bukingolts (Russia), Presidium member Raphaël Cohen (Spain), Peter Feldmajer and Gustave Zoltai (Hungary), and Ruben Vis.

Friday, May 19, 2006
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