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12-03-2019

15th European Remembrance Day for victims of terrorism

March 11, 2019


This morning, the 15th European Remembrance Day for victims of terrorism took place at the Albert Borschette Centre in Brussels. The Minister of Home Affairs & Security, Pieter De Crem, gave a short speech to an international audience in which he called for more European and international cooperation : “Italians, French, Belgians and Germans – in short, Europeans – have often stood face to face with each other, but above all, they have stood shoulder to shoulder for seventy years. Our continued belief in cooperation and consultation has made our region one of the most prosperous and secure regions in the world, despite the attacks we have experienced in recent years. It will therefore not surprise you that I would like to make an appeal here and now – in the shadow of the European institutions – for this cooperation and consultation to continue for the next 70 years”.

 

In his speech, Minister De Crem also referred to the third commemoration of the attacks in Zaventem and Maelbeek later this month : “The city of Brussels experienced three years ago what blind hatred and malice can lead to. Less than a kilometre from here, people lost their lives as a result of an attack in the subway station of Maelbeek. Later this month, we as Belgians and people connected to Belgium, will also commemorate events that we had hoped would never happen”.


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