Prague, Ljubljana – 16 November 2018. At its 8th annual Council of Members held on 13-15 November 2018 in Ljubljana and Bled, Slovenia, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience elected a new Managing Director and admitted four new institutions from Albania, Romania, Poland and Slovakia, bringing the total number of Members of the Platform to 62.
The annual Council of Members of the Platform was hosted by the Study Center for National Reconciliation in Slovenia (SCNR) and was accompanied by the international conference The Dark Side of the Moon: Dealing with the Totalitarian Past – Confrontations and Reflections. The conference was organised on the 10th anniversary of SCNR and was held in the National Assembly of Slovenia in Ljubljana.
The agenda included the opening of the exhibition “Wrocław Breaks the Iron Curtain” and a visit to the prison cells of the secret political police and the exhibition on political prisoner Ms Jelka Mrak Dolinar.
Mr Peter Rendek was elected as the new Managing Director of the Platform after the departure of the first Managing Director (2011-2018) Ms Neela Winkelmann. The new member of the Supervisory Board of the Platform is Ms Földváryné Kiss Réka, Chairperson of the Committee of National Remembrance in Hungary.
New Members of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience admitted in 2018 are:
- Pitești Prison Memorial Foundation (RO);
- Living Memory (SK);
- MEMO Center (AL);
- Fundacja Ośrodka KARTA (PL);
- The Institute for the Studies of Communist Crimes and Consequences (AL).
The Platform now has 62 member institutions and organisations in 20 countries of Europe and North America.
The Prize of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience was awarded on 14 November. During May-June the member institutions and organisations voted to give the prize to Ukrainian film director Mr Oleg Sentsov. (please see next press release)