Second World War: We must keep the memories alive. Joseph Daul MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group, and Bogusław Sonik MEP
Today, the 1st of September, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II in Europe.
This year, the European Parliament declared the 23rd of August the 'European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism'. This day also marks the anniversary of the Nazi-Soviet Pact of August 1939 which divided Europe into two centres of interest.
"Today, the 1st of September, seventy years after the outbreak of World War II, we pay tribute to all those who fought oppression and, in particular, those who became its victims", declared Joseph Daul MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, and Bogusław Sonik MEP (Poland).
"We want to stress the importance of keeping the memory of the Second World War alive so that we can learn from mistakes of the past, to make sure that they never happen again. At the same time, we insist on the need for a strong and united Europe to help us overcome the atrocities of the past and build a peaceful future."
"Thanks to the European Union, we have witnessed 60 years of peace and prosperity. As Members of the Group of the European People's Party, we therefore renew our commitment to a strong Europe, peaceful and prosperous, founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, authority and respect for human rights", concluded Daul and Sonik.
(Translation from the original French)
For further information:
Joseph Daul MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group, Tel: +32-2-2847525
Antoine Ripoll, Chairman's Spokesman, Tel: +32-475-856290
Joanna Bekker, EPP Group Press Service (Poland), Tel: +32-476-943388