Government approves foundation of National Memory Institute

The government has agreed with the establishment of an institute that would be responsible for administering and publishing documents concerning the communist era. The foundation of a National Memory Institute was proposed by the Senate at the instigation of the senators for the Civic Democratic Party. Similar institutions exist in Slovakia, Poland and Germany. The institute would among other things store the lists of collaborators of the former Communist secret police StB. Unlike its Slovak counterpart, the Czech institute is not to be authorised to conduct investigation. The costs of the institute are being put at tens of millions of crowns annually.