On Wednesday, September 29, 2010, representatives of the Coalition for RECOM met in Brussels with Pierre Mirel, Director for Western Balkans in European Commission’s DG Enlargement and heads of teams for Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, and Croatia to whom they presented the idea for the creation of a regional commission tasked with establishing the facts about the war crimes and other serious human rights violations committed on the territory of the former Yugoslavia. Mr. Pierre Mirel reiterated the open support to this idea offered by the European Commission from the very beginning and heads of teams for other countries, who also pledged their full support, all agreed that there has never been an initiative like this before and that it was so badly needed.
The following day, on September 30, 2010, representatives of the Coalition for RECOM addressed the Subcommittee for Human Rights of the European Parliament. Eduard Kukan, Chief of the European Parliament Delegation for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and Kosovo emphasized, while presenting the Initiative for RECOM to the members of the European Parliament that it was “a unique initiative and that it deserves a long-term support from both the European Parliament and the European Commission”. After his presentation, the European Parliament was addressed by Pierre Mirel stressing: “The creation of RECOM is an indispensable addition to court proceedings and we must make sure that it is fully supported by the governments and parliaments in the region”. The representatives of the Coalition for RECOM explained in short the essence of the idea and why it was so important for the region.
Zoran Taler, member of the European Parliament from Slovenia took the floor first and spoke about the events in the Western Balkans, stressing that there has never been an initiative like this but that it was truly indispensable because without the truth about what happened there can be no reconciliation. “We know very little about what happened, we know very few facts and that is what we in the Western Balkans need”, he explained. Speaking about Germany’s past, he stressed that “we don’t know how many new generations it will take before we are able to agree on the truth and write the history of our region together.” In the end he insisted that the Coalition for RECOM is given access to all necessary resources – more space, more political support, and financial sources.
Anne Ibrišagić, Swedish representative in the Parliament of Europe, expressed the support for the Initiative for RECOM, speaking for the first time in her native, Bosnian language, asking the European Parliament to organize a special session of the Foreign Politics Committee of the European Parliament and representatives of the Coalition for RECOM to discuss this initiative in detail.
Other members of the European Parliament, including Heidi Hautal, head of the Human Rights Subcommittee, also offered the support for the Initiative for RECOM. They all agreed that this was the first time such an initiative is “happening as a grassroots movement going upwards” and that it deserves an unwavering support of the European Parliament.