“Many religious holidays across the world are celebrated at home. I believe that what makes Hanukkah so special is that it moves beyond the private space, sharing the light with everyone,” said Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.
Talking at a ceremony in the headquarters of the European Commission, he mentioned his meetings with the late Israeli president Shimon Peres and the current president Reuven Rivlin.
“The EU shares the same values that are symbolised by the Hanukkah lights,” Moedas said. This year’s celebration was also held in honour of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The event was organised by the Brussels-based European Jewish Community Centre in cooperation with the European Commission. The Hanukkah lights will stay at Schuman Square until the last day of Hanukkah on 10 December.