(JTA) — The European Jewish Congress is opening offices in Brussels.
The offices are being opened Wednesday in order to "be able to work even more closely with European institutions on issues of significance to the European Jewish community," according to a statement from the organization, the representative body of European Jewish communities.
Among the issues is the threat from Iran.
“It appears that for the first time the international community is moving towards a general consensus on the dangers emanating from Iran,” said EJC President Moshe Kantor. “However, much work needs to be done to ensure that agreement is translated into action to prevent a nuclear Iran, which now has large parts of Europe within its range.
Among those expected to attend the opening ceremony are the president of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek; the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso; Israel Minister of National Infrastructure Uzi Landau; and ambassadors and some 50 members of the European Parliament.
“Opening an office in Brussels demonstrates the EJC commitment to the European Union and the role that the Jewish community would like to play in a new Europe," Kantor said.