Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Anti-Semitism Report Must be Published

2nd December 2003

The Director of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) will be questioned on the issue of the unpublished anti-Semitism report in the Justice and Home Affairs Committee in the European Parliament this afternoon.

The document is reported to blame some members of Europe's growing Muslim communities and far-left activists for a rise in anti-Semitic violence and speech.

Timothy Kirkhope MEP, Conservative Spokesman on Justice and Home Affairs in the European Parliament, will demand that the report be published. He will also ask the following questions:

•   Now, after all the press reports, what could you possibly have to lose by publishing the report as an interim report, pending the fuller presentation promised for early next year?

•   Can you explain the problem of the quality of information, since your speech to the Paris Conference in May draws strikingly similar conclusions to that of the Berlin Centre report, as reported in the press?

•   Do you accept that the decision not to publish and subsequent breaking of the story of that decision to the press has confirmed fears that the EU is biased against Israel?

•   What reassurance can we have that there was no political interference in the decision not to make the report public?

Charles Tannock, Conservative Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Human Rights in the European Parliament, said:

"I agree this report must be published. The Parliament must not allow a cover-up on the grounds of political correctness, even if the perpetrators are coming from minority groups that the EUMC wishes to protect."