Prague, 13-14 October, 2011 under the auspices of Mr Petr Nečas, Prime minister of the Czech Republic
During the two-day constituting meeting hosted by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, the 20 founding Members discussed the final wording of the Agreement establishing the Platform and the Statute of the Platform and elected the President, the Executive Board and the Managing Director of the Platform. Suggestions were made for the Board of Trustees and for the Supervisory Board of the Platform. The founders unanimously awarded the first new Membership in the Platform to the Stiftung Sächsische Gedenkstätten from Germany. The solemn signing of the Agreement Establishing the Platform of European Memory and Conscience and the Statute of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience took place on 14 October, 2011 in the Lichtenstein Palace in Prague in the presence of the Prime minister of Poland, Mr Donald Tusk, who is also acting President of the EU Council, the Prime minister of Hungary, Mr Viktor Orbán, and the Prime minister of the Czech Republic, Mr Petr Nečas. After the signing, the founding Members of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience took part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial to the victims of communism in Prague-Újezd.
NB: Photographs, a video and the speeches from the signing ceremony on 14 October, 2011 can be found on the website of the Government of the Czech Republic.