The 14th General Assembly of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) will take place in Budapest from Sunday to Tuesday, with Prime Minister Viktor Orban scheduled to address the opening.
The opening will also be addressed by Silvan Shalom, the Israeli energy and water resources minister, and Peter Feldmajer, the president of the federation of Hungarian Jewish communities MAZSIHISZ.
The session on Monday will be opened by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and its agenda will include a discussion on the situation and prospects in the Middle East. Delegates are also scheduled to elect new WJC officials.
On Tuesday they will discuss the rise of far-right ideologies and the WJC’s plans for 2013-2017. Another topic will be the freedom of religion and the session will be addressed by Cardinal Peter Erdo, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and President of the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe.
The WJC told MTI that they hold the congress this year in Budapest because the organisation wants to display solidarity with Hungary’s Jewry. The population of the Jewish community exceeds 100,000, being the largest in Central Europe, they added.
The General Assembly will close with an address by Ronald S. Lauder, the president of WJC.
The event is expected to be attended by some 500 delegates.