On 2 April 2009 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on European conscience and totalitarianism, calling for the proclamation of 23 August as a Europe-wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes. Since then, the international commemoration of victims has taken place in different European capitals. On 23 August 2017 the commemoration events will take place in Tallinn, in the framework of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Traditionally, a meeting of ministers for justice or their representatives will be held in the morning, followed by the commemoration ceremony at the War of Independence Victory Column on Freedom Square. In the afternoon, a conference will be held with a keynote speech by Tunne Kelam, member of the European Parliament, and a podium discussion. In the evening, the exhibition 'Communism in its Time' will be opened at the Maritime Museum, followed by a dinner for the participants.