Vilnius / Prague, 1 December 2017. At its annual Council of Members held on 28-30 November 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience elected a new President and Executive Board and admitted four new institutions from the Czech Republic, Albania, Romania and France, bringing the total number of Members of the Platform to 57.
The annual Council of Members of the Platform was hosted by the Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania. The agenda included a one-day seminar with the title “The Genocide of European Roma 1939-1945“ which was attended by scholars from 10 countries, a visit to the Paneriai memorial – one of the largest mass graves in Europe, containing the remains of 100 000 people, mostly Jews, massacred between 1941-1944, and a commemoration of the victims of the Mass terror and other Communist repressions in the Tuskulėniai peace park.
The newly elected President of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience is Dr. Łukasz Kamiński, Polish historian and President of the Institute of National Remembrance in the years 2011-2016. The new Executive Board of the Platform consist of Dr. Andreja Valič Zver, Director of the Slovenian Study Centre for National Reconciliation, Dr. Wolfgang-Christian Fuchs, CEO of the German Union of Victims of Political Tyranny, Toomas Hiio, research director at the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory and Zsolt Szilágyi, Head of Cabinet of László Tökés, MEP.
New member of the Supervisory Board of the Platform is Dr. Monika Kareniauskaitė from the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania. New members of the Board of Trustees of the Platform are Pavel Svoboda, Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and Göran Lindblad, President of the Platform between 2011-2017.
New Members of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience admitted in 2017 are the Association of Former Soldiers of the Auxilliary Technical Batallions – Military Forced Labour Camps with Seat in Prague (CZ), the Institute for the Integration of Persecuted People in Albania (ALB), the Former Deportees from Baragan Association (RO) and the Collège des Bernardins (FR). The Platform now has 57 Member institutions and organisations in 20 countries of Europe and North America.