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EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOLERANCE AND RECONCILIATION Chosen 2010 Activities Plans for 2011


The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation together with German Foundations the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Robert Bosch Stiftung organized the conference

“Towards

Reconciliation

Experiences,

Techniques and Opportunities for Europe” in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from October 24-25, 2010.


The Initiative was dedicated to further foster the

development of tolerance in Southeast Europe, also on the basis of European and international experiences

(Poland, Germany, Israel, Ukraine, Russia, Nigeria, Republic of South Africa) thus confronting racism, intolerance and anti-Semitism on different fronts and levels.


The main goal of the conference was to debate on the role of politics, culture, media, religion and civic society in the process of promoting tolerance and dealing with conflicts from the past.


The 180

participation

of

representatives

from

over societies,

which share a (post)-conflict experience, inspired

a

comparative

mutually

debate

advantageous

across

disciplines and generations

regions,


Participants and speakers of the conference included:

President of Croatia Ivo Josipović


Participants and speakers of the conference included:

President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović


Participants and speakers of the conference included:

President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegović


Participants and speakers of the conference included:

Fmr President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski


Participants and speakers of the conference included:

President of the European Jewish Congress V. Moshe Kantor


Participants and speakers of the conference included:

Fmr President of Cyprus George Vassiliou


Participants and speakers of the conference included:

Fmr President of Albania Alfred Moisiu


Participants and speakers of the conference included:

Vice Prime Minister of Croatia Slobodan Uzelac


Participants and speakers of the conference included:

Fmr Prime Minister of Norway Kjell Magne Bondevik


Participants and speakers of the conference included:

Fmr Prime Minister of Poland WĹ‚odzimierz Cimoszewicz


Participants and speakers of the conference included:

Fmr Prime Minister of Italy Giuliano Amato


The discussants of the ECTR conference in Dubrovnik came to the following conclusions: • Tolerance is the key feature for social stability and peaceful coexistence of various nations and religions • Role of political leadership and education exceptionally important for strengthening tolerance and advancing reconciliation

• Imperative of legal solutions


Concrete proposals adopted at the Dubrovnik conference (plans for 2011):

To continue the effort to promote Tolerance in the Balkans through additional seminars and initiatives, the next one in 2011 in Sarajevo in Bosnia


Concrete proposals adopted at the Dubrovnik conference (plans for 2011):

To undertake a Reconciliation initiative in Cyprus to foster dialogue and understanding between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots, basing on the European experiences


Concrete proposals adopted at the Dubrovnik conference (plans for 2011): To propose to the European Commission the establishment of a “University of Tolerance and European Security� in Europe, which would enable future European leaders and administrators to research the threat to security posed by a rising wave on intolerance in Europe


Concrete proposals adopted at the Dubrovnik conference (plans for 2011):

To propose to the Russian Government the organization of a European Day of Tolerance in Moscow, which would be a venue to promote and strengthen tolerance in the Russian Federation


ONE WEEK AFTER THE ECTR CONFERENCE, SERB PRESIDENT BORIS TADIC APOLOGIZED IN CROATIA FOR THE1991 VUKOVAR MASSACRE


The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation presented His Majesty

King Juan Carlos I on the 11th Of October

2010

with

the

first

ever

„European Medal of Toleranceâ€&#x; at the Palacio de la Zarzuela


The medal was conferred on the King by co- chairs of the ECTR, former President

of Poland, Aleksander Kwaśniewski and

the

Moshe

Kantor,

European

President

Jewish

of

Congress


“Moral leadership symbolized by the recipient of our European Medal of Tolerance is especially significant at a time when tolerance appears to be waning in Europe in favor of racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.� President Kwasniewski said about the award.


The ECTR has a vision whereby the average citizen of Europe would not

be a bystander to intolerance, but rather work against acts of racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism


ECTR Presentation 2010  
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