STATEMENTS. A Europe that Protects: European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism


Economy - published on 12 March 2018


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Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service

Ahead of the 14th European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism on 11 March 2018, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, High Representative/Vice-President Federica
Mogherini, Commissioners Dimitris Avramopoulos, Vera Jourová and Julian King issued a joint statement: “We wish to
commemorate and pay tribute to all the lives that have been taken from us so tragically. Lives that have been lost too early and lives that we will never forget. We stand together in solidarity
with and in support of those who have lost loved ones, those who must live with the aftermath of cowardly terrorist acts. […] Each act of terrorism is an assault on innocent people and our
democracies. Nothing can bring back those we have lost or undo the damage done. The European Union is a project of peace, and thus we stand strong and united to pass this powerful message in Europe
and beyond that no one, no victim will be left behind in a Europe that protects.”

The full statement is available online.

Today, Commissioners Avramopoulos and King also attended a dedicated event in Brussels, organised by the European Commission that gathered victims of terrorism, victim associations, first responders and European and Member States’
representatives, to share their stories and experiences. The opening remarks of Commissioners
Avramopoulos and King can be followed on EbS. More information on the EU’s work to support victims and their families can be found in this video and on the Commission’s general actions in the area of security, see
factsheet “A Europe that Protects”.

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