On 23rd June 2015, the European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI), in cooperation with MEP Bastiaan Belder – Vice-Chairman of the EU Delegation for Relations with Israel – hosted a seminar at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium to highlight and publicize the achievements of the International Conference on Welfare for Holocaust Survivors and Other Victims of Nazi Persecution, held in Prague, Czech Republic on 26th and 27th May 2015.
The seminar was attended by Members of the European Parliament, officials from the European Commission, the Israeli Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, diplomats and ministerial delegates, civil society representatives, and members of the Jewish communities of Belgium and the Netherlands. The purpose of the seminar was twofold: firstly, to inform EU institutions of ESLI’s recent achievements – including the International Conference on Welfare for Holocaust Survivors and Other Victims of Nazi Persecution and the progress made towards improving welfare availability and accessibility for victims of Nazism – and secondly, to help garner support for the creation of a Special European Envoy for post-Holocaust issues within the European Commission, who would coordinate with EU institutions currently monitoring, advocating for, and providing technical guidance on, the implementation of the Terezin Declaration.
Following the seminar, the Israeli Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues – Mr. Tibor Shalev-Schlosser – and the Executive Director of the European Shoah Legacy Institute – Ms. Halyna Senyk – along with MEP Bastiaan Belder and representatives of the Israeli Mission to the European Union and the Israeli Ministry for Senior Citizens, met with representatives from the offices of European Commission Vice President Mr. Frans Timmermans and EU Commissioner on Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Ms. Vera Jourova.
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