The EL Executive Board (ExB) held its fourth session in Berlin according to the work schedule. During the two-day meeting the EL ExBoard members, representatives of observer parties as well as guests participated in the traditional commemoration of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, taking place each year at the second Sunday of the year to memorize the murder of these two revolutionaries in January 1919. For the first time this was a topic of the European Left, decided upon at the EL Founding Congress.
Today’s Palestinian presidential elections are undoubtedly an important contribution to the revitalization of the Middle East peace process. They could create a new atmosphere in the region and give the Road Map a chance for implementation. We, the European Left, want to do all we can to facilitate a peaceful resolution to one of the oldest conflicts in the world. We believe that the Geneva Initiative and the solutions it proposes should be used.
Fausto Bertinotti during the discussion: "This party is based on common political inspirations. I want to remind you all the way we have behind us. The rejection of Stalinism belongs to our political identity. Without this rejection, many of us would not be in this party. In any case, the rejection of Stalinism has been conceded by any party participating in the founding of the EL and is one of its founding elements. The rejection of Stalinism has nothing to do with our past, but with our future. When referring to our past, when we reject Stalinism, we reject of course all the bad practices, including practices worse than Stalinism. What we radically refuse is the very concept of power which we associate with Stalinism. From there we start to imagine and to have an idea of our future society. Without that refusal, we would not be able to imagine our idea of socialism. That is why this is a very firm point."
The EL Executive Board (ExB) held its third session in Paris according to the work schedule adopted at Berlin ExB meeting in July. The meeting was chaired by EL Chairman Fausto Bertinotti and Helmut Scholz (PDS). The ExB members got a warm welcome by Marie-George Buffet, National Secretary of the French CP. M-G. Buffet informed about the results of the party referendum on EL membership. 75% of the PCF members voted in favour of entering the EL and actively collaborating with the other member parties.
Yasser Arafat, symbol-figure of the decades-long struggle of the Palestinian people and for all peace and justice lovers all over the world, died. His decease is occurring at a dramatic moment for his people whose right to life and to a homeland is yet far to be achieved.
On 12 September, 2004 the EL Executive Board (ExB) held its second meeting in Brussels according to the work schedule adopted at its first meeting in Berlin on 11 July. It was presided by EL chairman Fausto Bertinotti.