There are numerous Jewish cemeteries in Europe and they need
to be protected and preserved. They are part of the European cultural
heritage and constitute an important element of the Jewish religion.
These cemeteries are probably more at risk than those of other confessions
represented in Europe, on account of the Jewish people’s tragic
history which led to the extermination, exodus or resettlement of
many local communities. Governments, members of Jewish communities
and heritage organisations have a responsibility to develop appropriate
forms of co-operation to ensure their protection.
The Council of Europe member States are invited to implement
a number of practical recommendations and to promote joint actions
among different stakeholders. The European Union should also co-operate
with the Council of Europe in developing guidance and financial
incentives for the protection and preservation of Jewish heritage
sites, in particular in the framework of the Council of Europe Enlarged
Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes and through concrete support
for the effective implementation of the Framework Convention on
the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society.