Related Resolutions and Documents by EU Institutions, Nations, Member States, and International Conferences

The European Commission

Documents

Report from the  Commission to the European Parliament and to the Council: The memory of the crimes committed by totalitarian regimes in Europe, 22 December 2010. This report was requested of the Commission to answer the question “whether an additional instrument is needed, to cover publicly condoning, denying or grossly trivializing crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes directed against a group of persons defined by other criteria that race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin such as social status or political convictions.” (see below under the section on the Council of the EU)

Statements and press releases by The Commission or Commissioners

Statement by Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU Justice Commissioner on the Europe-wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, 23 August 2011. Video can be seen here.

Statement by President Barroso on the occasion of the inauguration of the exhibition “Katyn massacre – politics and morality” 13 April 2010
Invitation to the exhibition

Joaquín Almunia European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Policy 20 years since the collapse of communism: Progress and priorities for Central and Eastern Europe Address at conference: “20 years after the collapse of the socialist economy: transformation, economic growth and convergence in Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries” Warsaw, 5 June 2009

José Manuel Durão Barroso President of the European Commission “A Europe of freedom and national democracies forty years after the Prague Spring” Czech Senate speech. Prague, 22 May 2008

Mr Romano Prodi President of the European Commission Commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall Intervention before the European Parliament. Brussels, 10 November 1999

Related materials from the Commission

Commission website on Archival policy

-For the EP questions to the Commission and their answers see the page on EP documents

Council of the European Union

Documents

Draft Council conclusions: On the memory of the crimes committed by the totalitarian regimes in Europe, 8 June 2011

Conclusions of the Council: European Conscience and Totalitarianism, 10 June 2009
— Supporting documents: Proposal for a Council Framework Decision on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law” from the Permanent Representatives Committee to the Council, 26 November 2008.

Council Recomendation: on priority actions to increase cooperation in the field of archives in Europe, 14 November 2005

Council Resolution: On archives in the Member States, 6 May 2003

Council Resolution: Integrating History into the Community’s Cultural Action, 8 October 1999.

Statements and press releases by The Council of the EU

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the search of the offices of the Memorial organisation in St Petersburg. 4 December 2008

Press Release: Council of the European Union on framework decision “On Combating Certain Forms and Expressions of Racism and Xenophobia by Means of Criminal Law”.  In which, on March 25 2007, the Council “invites the Commission to examine and to report to the Council within two years after the entry into force of the Framework Decision [(2008/913/JHA), which came into force on 28 November 2008 and subsequently on which the EC must present their report by the 28 November 2010], whether an additional instrument is needed, to cover publicly condoning, denying or grossly trivializing crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes directed against a group of persons defined by other criteria that race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin such as social status or political convictions.”

-For the EP questions to the Council of EU and their answers see the page on EP documents

Council of Europe

Council of Europe Written question No. 644 to the Committee of Ministers Doc. 13310 “Access to the so called “Trophy” archives of the Russian Federation” 26 September 2013

Council of Europe Motion for a recommendation 13234 “Impunity of perpetrators of crimes committed by totalitarian communist regimes in Europe” 18 June 2013

Council of Europe resolution 1723 ” Commemorating the victims of the Great Famine (Holodomor) in the former USSR” 28 April 2010.

Council of Europe resolution 1481 “Need for international condemnation of crimes of totalitarian communist regimes” 25 January 2006. Mr. Göran Lindblad’s Report.

Council of Europe resolution 1096 “On Measures to Dismantle the Heritage of Former Communist Totalitarian Systems” 27 June 1996.

General Court of the EU

General Court of the European Union case T‑232/10, Couture Tech Ltd vs. Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) (OHIM), 20 September 2011. –Press release

OSCE

Vilnus declaration, 29 June – 3 July 2009. (see page 48)
BBC News article on the declaration

Member States

Czech Republic

Act on Illegality of the Communist Regime and on Resistance Against It, 9 July 1993
Wikipedia about the Act

Latvia

Declaration (of the Latvian Saeima) on Condemnation of the Totalitarian Communist Occupation Regime Implemented in Latvia by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics  12 May 2005

Declaration by H.E. Dr. Vaira Ve-Freiberga, President of the Republic of Latvia regarding May 9, 12 January 2005 and the International Response to her statement

Spain

Historic Memory Law, Ministerio de la Presidencia, 26 December 2007

International

United States of America

Speech by President George W. Bush at the Victims of Communism Memorial June 12, 2007

International Conferences

“Crimes of the Communist Regimes” Conference, 24-26 February 2010, Prague.

International Declarations

Declaration 2012

Warsaw Declaration on the occasion of the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes, 23 August 2011. Signed by 16 Memberstates of the EU and President of the European Parliament.

Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism. 3 June 2008, Prague. Organized by the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic —–Czech Radio coverage: The legacy of communism and the need to reunite European history

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