Delegation of the Action and Protection League met with European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement

Delegation of the Action and Protection League (APL), Europe’s leading organization for combating antisemitism, met with Olivér Várhelyi, Hungarian EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, to dicuss cooperation opportunities.

Secretary General of the Action and Protection League Kálmán Szalai and Foreign Affairs Director Tamir Wertzberger had a meeting with Olivier Várhelyi, Hungarian European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, in order to discuss cooperation opportunities and exact projects between APL, leading European organization in combating antisemitism, and the EU Commissioner.

The meeting was of crucial importance, during which the APL delegation presented the organization’s textbook review project, which involved experts from Hungarian Jewish communities to examine the inclusion of Jewish religion, culture, ancient and modern Israel and the Holocaust in textbooks, and to make recommendations to editors and publishers on changes they consider necessary.

The Hungarian Ministry of Education was the first in Europe to take up this initiative. Recommendations have already been taken into account when publishing new textbooks. During the meeting, it was also mentioned that in Hungary, the national curriculum is re-evaluated every five years, the second cycle of which is currently underway.

Based on the experience of the project in Hungary, the APL delegation suggested that the European Commissioner should extend the program of national curriculum review to Ukraine, Turkey and Serbia, examining the image of Judaism in those national textbooks.

Mr. Várhelyi expressed openness to the programme and APL’s recommendation of its extension, and the two parties discussed further possibilities for cooperation, such as the extension of APL’s research on antisemitism bias to countries neighbouring the European Union.

The fruitful discussion will be followed by the identification of possible ways for cooperation in the near future.