European Communist Meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels

On the invitation of the KKE, 38 CPs from Europe discussed anti-communism at the building of the EP.

ICP, 14 December 2019

The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Non-inscrits MEP of KKE Kostas Papadakis hosted the European Communist Meeting this week in Brussels at the building of the European Parliament. 38 parties from 32 countries in Europe attended the meeting for discussing the struggle against anti-communism. During the meeting, communist and workers' parties presented their positions and discussed the common strategy and methods to defeat anti-communism.

The MEP Kostas Papadakis started the meeting with his welcome salute and Dimitris Koutsoumbas, the GS of the KKE, denounced the anti-communist resolution adopted by the European Parliament in his keynote speech.

Koutsoumbas said that it had been 171 years since the assessment that “the specter of communism is haunting Europe” was formulated, and the majority of the European Parliament is still being haunted by the specter. He added that an anti-communist resolution was approved with the help of the political groups of the People's Party, Social-Democrats and Liberals, the Greens and conservative reformers. He continued, "As two centuries ago, it is the same today, all the basic political 'powers of old Europe' were united against the 'specter' of social revolution, social justice, the abolition of the exploitation of man by man, the new socialist-communist society, which continues to haunt them.” He declared, “But we are here, we are present, the ice is broken, the road is opened.” He reminded that CPs can and must respond to the bourgeoisie’s machinations which promote its anti-people plans. He expressed that today, the communist movement in Europe, overcoming mistaken positions that were present in the international communist movement in previous decades combining revolutionary action with revolutionary theory, in strategic sectors of the economy and reinforcing its intervention in the labor-people's movement, can not only repel the anti-communist offensive but also lay the foundations for the regrouping of the labor movement, for the overthrow of capitalist barbarity, for socialism.

The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), Kemal Okuyan, delivered a speech in which he emphasized the present logic of anticommunism and made concrete proposals for the common struggle. "Comrades, the first thing to be done is to be true to ourselves," Okuyan reminded, "The history of the working class is our history, with achievements and errors, it is our own reality. It should be researched thoroughly by us, by the heirs of those who made the history, to the point where no single moment is left unilluminated." He called for not remaining silent about the Nazi-backed disinformations, about the so-called “genocide by famine (Holodomor)” of Ukrainians in the 1930s or the so-called “Katyn Massacre” and concluded, "We don’t have a history to be ashamed of."

The joint resolution of the European Communist Metting condemns the recent anti-communist resolution of the EU-Parliament. The contribution of the Soviet Union to the destruction of fascism is remarked in the joint resolution, and people are called to condemn and to fight back against the anti-communist resolution.

See the link for the joint resolution.