PRESS RELEASE 019
Meeting Between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation and the President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain
06/02/2019

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, held a meeting today with the President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain, Isaac Querub. During the meeting, the Minister was accompanied by the Director General of the Sepharad-Israel Centre, Miguel de Lucas.
 
The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain (FCJE) is the institution that brings together most of the Jewish communities of our country. It is also the State's interlocutor for relations with the Jewish confession in accordance with the 1992 agreements. There are currently around 45,000 Jews living in Spain.
 
The minister took advantage of this meeting to get to know first-hand the current situation of the Jewish communities in Spain as well as their main initiatives and concerns.
 
The minister also wanted to underline the importance Spain attaches to Holocaust remembrance as reflected in the evaluation reports of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), highlighting Spain's commitment through pioneering legislation to combat incitement to hatred and violence, including anti-Semitism, and finally recalling the State Act on Holocaust Remembrance and Prevention of Crimes against Humanity that recently took place in the Senate.
 
On the other hand, Minister Josep Borrell and Isaac Querub reviewed the current state of the FCJE's relations with public administrations and, in particular, the impact of the application of Act 12/2015 regarding Spanish nationality granting to Sephardic people from Spain.
 
Finally, the minister and the president of the FCJE have analysed possible ways of collaboration in different fields such as the expansion of relations with other bodies of the Jewish diaspora in the world.

 

 

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