Competition for a memorial for the victims of totalitarianism in Brussels receives patronages from EU Commissioner and the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Belgium

August 25, 2017
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Prague, 25 August 2017. The competition for a memorial for the victims of totalitarianism in Brussels, organised by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience under the high patronage of the European Parliament, has received further valuable patronages: by EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Mr Tibor Navracsics and by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Belgium Mr Jaroslav Kurfürst.

The Platform’s international competition for architects and artists to create a pan-European memorial for the victims of totalitarianism in Brussels launched in April 2017 received a patronage by European Parliament President Antonio Tajani in June 2017. It is now garnering further high-level endorsements.

In a letter announcing his patronage for the competition dated 2 August 2017, Member of the European Commission Mr Tibor Navracsics writes: “Together we have always opposed totalitarian ideologies which united this continent through the force of our democratic values. I believe the new memorial will facilitate a sharing of the memory of totalitarian crimes among Europeans whose ancestors suffered from repression.”

In a letter of 10 August 2017 confirming his patronage, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Belgium Mr Jaroslav Kurfürst writes “(…) I strongly welcome and support your noble intention to establish the “Memorial for the Victims of Totalitarianism” in Brussels – the city of great symbolism for the community of European and euroatlantic democracies. The effort to prevent and face totalitarianism represented the core reason and a fundament for the European integration and the establishment of the North Atlantic Alliance, both based in Brussels, the capital of the Kingdom of Belgium with its strong tradition of democratic political culture.”

As of today, altogether 65 contestants from 32 countries are participating in the competition; 27 of them hailing from former countries of Central and Eastern Europe, 30 from former Western Europe, Canada and the USA, and 8 from countries of South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The competition website: www.memorialbrussels.eu.

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