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International Co-operation

The Study Centre directs its focus to the broader European area. The co-workers of the Study Centre for national reconciliation have actively participated in preparing and implementation of the first international conference on totalitarian regimes that took place on 8th April 2008 in Brussels. It was organized by the European Commission and the European Council as a part of the Slovenian EU Presidency programme. The researchers published their contributions dealing with all three totalitarian systems in Slovenia in a journal entitled Crimes Committed by Totalitarian Regimes (June 2008). The journal was published during the Slovenian Presidency of the European Union.

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The publication can be obtained at the Institute’s headquarters (Tivolska 42, Ljubljana) or by ordering it by telephone on +386 (0)1 230 67 00 or via the e-mail info@scnr.si.

The Study Centre actively cooperates in forming the so-called Platform of European Memory and Conscience, which was formed on the basis of Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism (www.praguedeclaration.org). The declaration was adopted by the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic in June 2008. Vaclav Havel was the first to sign it. At the time of preparations for the Czech Presidency of the European Union, Andreja Valič, MA participated in a workshop, which was organised by The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in November 2008 in Prague. She became member of the work group which prepares the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. The platform’s basis was formed by the fact that numerous European countries in the 20th century experienced the persecution of totalitarian systems and violation of fundamental human rights and freedoms. The horrors which were experienced have to raise public awareness and be evaluated as part of the common European history. This historical experience needs to be used in the education process, that is, used as a means for stressing the importance of fundamental human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and other values on which the European Union was founded. It is fundamental that all totalitarian systems are dealt with using the same measures.

Below are listed the most important goals of the project Platform of European Memory and Conscience:

  • connecting related European institutions which examine totalitarian systems and violation of fundamental human rights and freedoms,
  • creating collections of sources and education programmes,
  • endeavouring to gain access to archives,
  • set a memorial day for victims of totalitarianisms.

    The founding of Platform of European Memory and Conscience is rapidly drawing near. The project was also discussed at the second international conference on crimes committed by totalitarian regimes which took place on 18th March, 2009 in Brussels. Andreja Valič, MA participated at the conference. A historic event happened at the European Parliament on 25th March, 2009. The European Parliament for the first time held a discussion on crimes committed by totalitarian systems at its plenary session and it adopted the Resolution on European conscience and totalitarianism on 2nd April, 2009. The European Commission is preparing a special report on the issue for the year 2010. For more information click the links below.

    • A transcription of a European Parliament session from 25th March, 2009, in which condemnation of totalitarian systems was discussed: link

    To view the discussion, click the link below: link

    • Clicking this link you will find proposals of resolutions that were dealt with by the European Parliament on 2nd April, 2009: link

    In 2008 we established contact with the Historische Landeskommission für Steiermark (History Commission of Provincial Government of Styria, Graz, Austria). We cooperate in joint project on trespassing Austro-Yugoslav border in the 50s of the 20th century. The goal of the project is to research the above-mentioned issue based on archival and other resources. The result of the research will be published in a journal by the Provincial Government of Styria in Graz.

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