The last March 10 took place the tribute organized by the European network. A video of Jacques Barrot, Vice president of the European Commission, opened the event.
Several presidents of Associations of Victims of Terrorism in Europe participated in the first of the events planned by the European Network in celebration of the V Day in memory of victims of terrorism. For this, Ángeles Domínguez, Guillaume Denoix de St Marc, Juan Antonio García Casquero, Dante Notaristefano, Michael Gallagher, Cristina Cuesta, Alexander and William Frazer shared with the audience the current situation of their associations and reflected on terrorism in their respective countries.
The ceremony was also attended by Ambassadors and the High Commissioners to support the victims of terrorism in Ireland and Spain, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribe and Michael Nesbitt.
This year, the presidents of the European Associations of Victims of Terrorism shared a special event on an important date. Madrid then became the perfect host for the scheduled events. Jacques Barrot, the Vice President of the European Commission, started the speeches with a video that was expressly recorded for the occasion. María Lozano, the director of the NETWORK, made way for the speeches by the unintentional centres of attention. Ángeles Domínguez inaugurated the “The Voice of the Victims” and the first words were to welcome all of the associations that were present. The speech by the president of the Association for Assisting Victims of March 11th (AAV11M) was joined with speeches from other associations, with their representatives at the forefront: Guillaume Denoix de St Marc (Les Familles de l’Attentat du DC10 d’UTA), Juan Antonio García Casquero (AVT), Dante Notaristefano (AIVITER), Michael Gallagher (OMAGH), Cristina Cuesta (COVITE), Alexandre Sebban (MPCT) and William Frazer (FAIR). This way we were able to hear about what is currently going on with these associations and their thoughts on terrorism in their respective countries.
The European meeting in Madrid, organized by the NETWORK and the Spanish associations that served as hosts (AAV11M, AVT, COVITE and the Foundation for the Victims of Terrorism), turned out to be incredibly emotional.
The mutual support and display of love that all of the European victims felt coming from the Spanish people, the positive experience everyone has been through and the desire to work together in the future were the unanimous conclusions from this successful meeting