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Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker Valeriu Zgonea addresses the International Parliamentary Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism (ICCA) in Berlin: Fight against racism needs coordinated efforts from authorities to citizens

An efficient fight against racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance involves a sustained and comprehensive approach and needs coordinated efforts, from parliamentary, government and local authorities’ level to the citizens, Chamber of Deputies Speaker Valeriu Zgonea said Tuesday at the International Parliamentary Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism (ICCA) in Berlin.

Zgonea chaired the plenary session on Official and governmental response to anti-Semitism.

“All forms and manifestations of racism and xenophobia are incompatible to the values the European Union has been built and is resting on. It is imperative that the parliaments, the governments, the international organisations and the civil societies all over the world to endorse a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to these serious phenomena,” Zgonea is quoted in press release of the Chamber of Deputies.

He stressed that Romania was the first East European country that has endorsed a clear anti-discrimination legislation, that Romania is a regional pattern as regards the minorities protection and recognizes the major part the minorities, in general, and the Jewish minority, in particular, have played in the modernisation of the Romanian state.

A week ago, Romania has taken over the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), an inter-government organization counting 31 member states, whose main target is to encourage activities linked to the promotion of education, commemoration and research of the Holocaust, as well as to guarantee the necessary political support to materialize them, the release adds.

The ICCA is organized by the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Bundestag (German Parliament) and the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism; it gathered leaders and members of the parliaments of several countries, governmental officials, representatives of the international and European important organisations and associations in human rights and fight against anti-Semitism, magistrates, experts and researchers with reputed institutes and universities.

According to the aforementioned release, the conference was attended by First Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bundestag President Norbert Lammert, and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

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