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Parliamentary questions
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14 September 2018
E-002754/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002754/2018

The Commission took note of the adoption on 15 April 2015 of the European Parliament resolution to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian genocide. The Commission has no competence to recognise genocides, war crimes or crimes against humanity as they are laid down in the framework decision on combatting racism and xenophobia.(1)

As stated in the Commission Report(2) on the memory of the crimes committed by totalitarian regimes in Europe, Member States have dealt with, and are continuing to deal with, the sensitive and complex issue of addressing the horrors and crimes that have happened in the past. The Commission can facilitate this process by encouraging discussion and sharing of experiences and promoting best practices.

The 26 June 2018 General Affairs Council conclusions(3) on enlargement and stabilisation and association process call for ‘further efforts to overcome legacies of the past and to foster reconciliation, including through promoting a climate of tolerance’.

(1)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32008F0913
(2)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A52010DC0783
(3)http://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/35863/st10555-en18.pdf

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