The Secretariat of the European COMMUNIST INITIATIVE met on May 8 in Athens, at the HQ of the CC of the KKE in Perissos. The KKE, CP - Italy, CP of the Peoples of Spain, Socialist Party of Latvia, the Hungarian Workers’ Party, the CP of Slovakia, the CP of Sweden, the CP Turkey and the Union of Revolutionary Communists of France participated in the meeting.
At the beginning of the meeting, the GS of the CC of the KKE, D. Koutsoumpas, addressed a message of greetings.
The meeting began with the report of work delivered by G. Marinos, member of the PB of the CC of the KKE. The Secretariat had the opportunity to assess the important interventions of the “INITIATIVE” of the 29 CPs as well as to plan the development of joint activity in the period to come.
There was an assessment at the meeting of the international situation, the course and development of the capitalist crisis, the aim of capital’s forces for the capitalist economy to recover and the intensification of the aggression of the monopolies to increase their profitability.
There was also particular interest regarding the developments in Greece and in the framework of the discussion the necessity of strengthening the ideological-political front in order to expose social-democratic forces, like SYRIZA and PODEMOS, which foster illusions and passivity amongst the people, was highlighted. There was also a discussion on the anti-people character of the negotiation between the Greek government of SYRIZA-ANEL and the EU, ECB and IMF.
The sharpening of the fierce competition between the strong imperialist powers centred on Ukraine, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa was also examined in depth. The experience from the activity of the parties of the “INITIATIVE” against the imperialist wars and interventions was also conveyed. The dangers due to the competition over the division of energy resources and transport routes being carried out by monopolies and the impact of the TTIP being discussed between the USA and EU on this competition, the danger of a more generalized war and the role and stance of the communists, were also discussed.
The meeting finalized a program of interventions for the next period, including:
A) the development of the people’s activity in Europe in order to condemn in a mass way the imperialist interventions in Syria, Iraq, Libya, in order to deal with the dangers of a generalized imperialist war that emerge from the sharpening of the inter-imperialist contradictions and competition in Ukraine, the Middle East, North Africa and other regions of the planet for the control of energy resources and their transport routes.
B) The reinforcement of solidarity with immigrants and refugees and the escalation of activity against the policies being implemented by the EU.
C) To confront anti-communism which is strengthening in the Baltic countries and Ukraine, where a law was passed in parliament that persecutes the communist ideology and activity and ahistorically equates communism with the reactionary fascist monstrosity. In the next period we can examine the holding of events against anti-communism in each country and organize a collective intervention in the EU parliament.
D)The reinforcement of the interventions of the parties of the “INITIATIVE” on the problems of school students, students, young workers and the preparation of a related event.
E) The publication of material regarding the contribution of the communist movement to the struggle of the peoples and the strengthening of the efforts for the youth to learn about the historical truth and the contribution of socialism.
F) An intervention for the International Environment Day, 5th of June.
G)The organization of an event against NATO and the military bases in the Balkans, as well as an event to reveal the role of the EU.
H) Information material for the people regarding the character of the TTIP.
Resolutions on the 70th Anniversary of the Great Antifascist Victory of the Peoples, on the dangerous developments on Ukraine and the rise of anticommunism were approved at the meeting.
The Secretariat also decided to express the solidarity of the “INITIATIVE” with:
The CP of the Peoples of Spain regarding the electoral battle of the Spanish Regional Elections on the 24th of May.
The CP Turkey regarding the elections in Turkey on the 7th of June.
The representatives of the Communist and Workers Parties that attended the meeting of the Secretariat of the “INITIATIVE” in Athens participated in the big political event of the KKE in Kesariani for the 70th anniversary of the Great Antifascist Victory of the Peoples and together with the GS of the CC of the KKE, cde Dimitris Koutsoumpas, they laid wreaths at the memorial for the 200 communists who were executed at the Skopeftirio of Kesariani.