(JTA) – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the European Jewish Congress (EJC) have formed a partnership to co-operate on advocacy work in European Union (EU) institutions.
The partnership, which was announced Tuesday at a meeting of the EJC’s General Assembly in Brussels, will enable the ADL to have a greater impact on EU policies and programs, the ADL said in a statement released Wednesday.
Also, according to the statement, the partnership will “heighten ADL’s relations with European Jewish communities at a time when rising anti-Semitism and security are of paramount concern, and enable ADL to export some of its expertise on those issues to Europe.”
ADL and EJC have signed a memorandum of understanding conferring “privileged partner” status on each other for specific areas of activity, including advocacy work within European institutions such as the European Parliament and the European Commission.
The partnership’s focus will be on advocacy with European institutions on issues of security for Jewish communities in Europe, combating anti-Semitism, protecting religious freedom, Israel and the Middle East and anti-racism internet policies, the statement said.
“ADL and EJC share commitments to the well-being of Jewish communities in Europe and to strongly support the State of Israel,” Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL’s national director, said in the statement.