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Support for the Joint History Project from the High Representative Vice President of the European Commission

11November

Support for the Joint History Project from the High Representative Vice President of the European Commission

It was a great honour for the CDRSEE to receive a letter of support from Ms Federica Mogherini, High Representative Vice President of the European Commission. As the day of our JHP’s new workbooks’ launch approaches, an encouraging letter like this motivates us to continue promoting the need for moving forward by re-examining the past.

Embarking on a new phase for our Joint History Project, it is our pleasure to share an excerpt of Ms Mogherini’s letter:

“This project will, I am sure, recognise both the shared suffering and the achievements of the region. In this way, I believe it can provide a valuable contribution to overcoming the painful legacies of the past, and to helping newer generations understand the importance of moving forward together towards the EU.

We believe that the EU perspective is the driving force for reform and stability in the region. Many Western Balkan countries have clearly shown willingness to embark upon these fundamental changes. However, alongside and linked with the political process, the human perspective is equally important. Perceiving history more  positively does not mean we should deny its painful memories and violence but instead that we open an opportunity to put an end to the destructive narratives of each other’s histories.

Creating a common historic language and strengthening ties amongst the people in the Balkans is therefore extremely important and a valuable means to continuously improving co-existence in the region.”

 

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