Parliamentary State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice Róbert Répássy took part in the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism and a related conference, held on 23 August 2014 in Riga, Latvia.

Minister of Justice of Ireland Frances Fitzgerald and Róbert Répássy – photo: Ministry of Justice

During the 2011 Hungarian Presidency of the European Council of the European Union, a Hungarian–Lithuanian–Polish initiative resulted in the EU Ministers of Justice accepting a document relating to commemorating the victims of totalitarian regimes. This day was declared as 23 August. Since 2011, every year a European country has organised a conference devoted to the European Day of Remembrance. This year, the conference was organised by Latvia to mark 75 years since the signature of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Germany on 23 August 1939, which divided Europe into two spheres of interest by means of secret additional protocols.

At the conference, discussions were held on today’s consequences of the crimes committed by totalitarian regimes, on the digitisation of history and on the Molotov Ribbentrop Pact and its echoes in modern law. Participants arrived from all EU member states as well as from some EU Eastern Partnership countries, mainly from Ministries of Justice. In 2012, the event was hosted by Hungary.

(Ministry of Justice)