The Ekathimerini newspaper reported that Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, made the announcement during a meeting at his office with the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, David Saltiel and the head of the Greek Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), Dr Efstathios Lianos Liantis.
Prime Minister Mitsotakis assigned the country’s vice president, Panagiotis Pikrammenos, with oversight of the project as well as coordinating and supervising the integration of the definition into domestic legislation and education.
Campaign Against Antisemitism applauds the decision, which demonstrates the Greek government’s solidarity with the Jewish community at this worrying time for Jews in Europe. Several Jewish monuments in Greece have been vandalised recently, particularly in Thessaloniki where about 50,000 Jews were murdered by the Nazis.
Britain was the first country in the world to adopt the International Definition, something for which Campaign Against Antisemitism, Lord Eric Pickles and others worked hard for over many meetings with officials at Downing Street. Greece will join a growing list of countries to use the International Definition.