The following news release has been republished here courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Lithuania
Foreign Ministers of Lithuania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Romania and Hungary call on the European Commission to take further actions in preserving Europe’s collective memory of the crimes committed by totalitarian regimes, and in ensuring an appropriate approach to these crimes and their victims, in order to prevent the rebirth of totalitarian ideology and commitment of international crimes in the future.
On 14 December at Lithuania’s initiative, the Ministers signed and sent a joint letter to Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding.
Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Audronius Ažubalis, who is participating in the meetings of European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council and the General Affairs Council, emphasized the important work of the European Commission and the EU member states in developing the EU as an area of shared values. The values which are incompatible with crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes, including crimes committed by totalitarian regimes, as is set out correctly in the EU’s Stockholm Programme - An open and secure Europe serving and protecting the citizens - that was approved in 2009.
Under this programme, the European Commission was obligated to submit by the end of 2010 its conclusions on the evaluation at the EU level of crimes committed by totalitarian regimes and an appropriate legal instrument.
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