Archive for the ‘Events’ category

Materials from the Conference “Legal Settlement of Communist Crimes”

May 22, 2012

Overview of the Event
 Agenda of the Event with audio recording of the sessions
Photos of the Event
Programme Booklet for the Event
Press release by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience
Press release by the EPP political group
New Tang Dynasty Television report on the Event


Materials from the Conference “Occupation after Liberation”

April 27, 2012

Speakers Bios
Summary of the Event
Audio Recording of the Entire Event
Photos of the Event
Speech of President Daul
Speech of MEP Vaidere
Speech of MEP Schopflin
Speech of MEP Landsbergis
Power Point of Mr. Mezmalis

Materials from the Seminar ‘Life After the Soviet Union’

April 16, 2012

Speakers Bios

Video address of Joseph Daul (MEP), President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament
Video address of Jerzy Buzek (MEP), former President of the European Parliament
Audio recording of the entire seminar
Photos from the event
EPP TV report on the event

Materials from the EPP hearing on the European Commission’s Report: The memory of the crimes committed by totalitarian regimes in Europe

October 20, 2011

 Multi Media

Photographs from the Hearing
EPPpress release
EPP TV coverage
Latvian TV

Materials from the Hearing


Commemorating 70 years from the first mass deportations from the Baltic States: “Your past is our past”. Tunne Kelam MEP

June 9, 2011

(MEPs also gathered by the memorial plaque, honoring those deported from the Baltic nations.)

At the opening of the plenary session, the Members of the European Parliament commemorated 70 years from the first mass deportations from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, conducted by the Soviet Union.

In his statement, the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek stressed that we need to remember many thousands of victims in the Baltic States which had been occupied since 1940 by the Soviet Union.   (see the full video of debate in the Plenary) (more…)

Letters from Siberia in the European Parliament

June 8, 2011

On June 14th, the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels will hosted an exhibition “Birch Bark Letters from Siberia.” The exhibition was organized by MEP Sandra Kalniete (EPP,Latvia), in collaboration with the Tukums Museum in Latvia. For one week, MEPs, staff and guests were able to acquaint themselves with letters which were written on birch bark and sent to the loved ones of Latvians who were forcefully deported to Siberia. Today, from several thousand such examples only 19 remain in the collections of Latvian museums, as historical evidence of this most tragic past. Elza Serdāne, the author of one such letter which has miraculously survived to this day, also took part in the official opening ceremony of the exhibition. At the age of 73, Elza is the active leader of the Politically Repressed Society in her home town of Madona.  (more…)

Materials from the conference, held in the European Parliament, about education on totalitarianisms

April 5, 2011

Providing objective comprehensive information about the totalitarian past leading to a deeper understanding and discussion is a necessary condition for sound future integration of all European nations. There is a need of adjustment and overhaul of European history textbooks and curricula so that young generations could learn about totalitarian regimes.  

Draft Program of the Event
EPP Press release
 EPP news broadcast video
Speech of György Schöpflin (video) 
Latvian TV news on the event (video in latvian )



Materials from the Panel Hearing in the European Parliament ‘The Endured European Dream of Bulgaria: 1944-1989’

November 25, 2010

November 17, 2010
European Parliament


Brochure and Programme of the event (including biographies of the speakers)
Speech by Professor Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament

Speech by Hans-Gert Poettering , former President of the European Parliament

Speech by Joseph Daul, President of the EPP political group (in French)

Speech by Sandra Kalniete, Chair of the Reconciliation of European Histories group

First meeting of the ‘Reconciliation of European Histories’ informal group

May 7, 2010

On Thursday, 6 May 2010, 35 MEPs from five political groups established ‘Reconciliation of European Histories,’ an informal group of MEPs.  (more…)