In 2009, the European Parliament called for the creation of a pan-European memorial for the victims of all totalitarian regimes. The goal of the project is to propose the first-ever pan-European memorial for all victims of 20th century totalitarianism in Europe on the Place Jean Rey, in the heart of the European district in Brussels.
At a symposium hosted by László Tőkés, MEP, in the European Parliament in Brussels on 26 April 2017, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience launched an international competition for the creation of a new memorial dedicated to the victims of National Socialism, Fascism and Communism in Brussels. Its purpose is to commemorate the millions of human lives lost to 20th century totalitarianism in Europe and to celebrate the European Union as a unique peace and democracy project built upon the lessons of the past.
Thirty-nine anonymous entries from all over the world were forwarded to the Jury members, including, among others: EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics; Deputy Mayor of Brussels Mr Geoffroy Coomans de Brachène; world-renowned British architect Lord Norman Foster; and Ms Julie Beckman and Mr Keith Kaseman, authors of the Pentagon Memorial in Virginia, USA.
Design by Grega Vezjak has been selected among the 10 top-ranking entries. First place was awarded to Tszwai So, Spheron Architects, UK.
The 10 top-ranking entries will be displayed and presented in the European Parliament in Brussels on 24 April 2018.