On January 30, 2004 Ha-Aretz reported, "European Commission President Romano Prodi will receive a humanitarian award Feb. 2 from the Vienna-based Rabbinical Center of Europe for his efforts to promote cultural diversity and dialogue, the EU head office said yesterday. It said he will also participate in the inauguration of the first European Jewish Teacher's Academy in Vienna since World War II. The previous one was burned down in 1939. The award is another sign of fence-mending between Prodi and Jewish leaders worldwide. Last Friday, Prodi said the European Commission will host a Feb. 19 conference on anti-Semitism in Europe, an event he had put on hold after some Jewish groups accused the EU head office of anti-Semitism."