The European Communist Meeting was held for the 10th time in Brussels with the participation of 41 communist and workers parties. It was hosted by the KKE’s Delegation to the European Parliament. Important issues related to the working class, the peoples, the European and international labour and communist movement, the struggle of the communists were discussed in light of the important 100th anniversary of the October Revolution.

The October Revolution was a world historic event, the most important of the 20th century, which made its mark on the course of humanity. It was the harbinger for a new historical period, the period of the transition from capitalism to socialism. It formed the preconditions for unprecedented workers’-people’s rights to be realized. It lent impetus to the struggles of the workers in the capitalist countries and to their gains. It decisively influenced the development of the international communist and workers’ movement, the liberation of the peoples from the colonial yoke. The Great October Revolution confirmed the correctness of Marxist-Leninist theory, of the irreplaceable leading role of the Communist Party.

Many speakers stressed that the counterrevolutionary changes did not alter the character of our era. Socialism remains timely and necessary. Optimism was expressed that the capitalist barbarity is not the future of humanity, that our century will be marked by a new upsurge of the global revolutionary movement and new socialist revolutions…

Several speakers referred to the counterrevolutions, their negative consequences for the peoples, the causes, the mistakes and deviations that led to the overthrow of socialism. It was noted that over its course, elements, categories and methods of capitalism were introduced to solve existing problems and that this gradually weakened and in the end undermined socialist construction.

Amongst the most important tasks of the communists  today is to confront the anti-communist campaign of the EU, restore the workers’ knowledge about the truth of socialism in the 20th century, without idealizations, objectively and free of the slanders of the bourgeoisie, which are based on the catastrophes brought about by the counterrevolution.

Capitalism may still be strong today, but it is not invincible. The crisis has demonstrated more intensely its historic boundaries. However, capitalism is also dangerous in its growth phase. The growth that will follow the crisis will have its precondition the shattering of the workers’-people’s rights.

The difficulties in the European and global capitalist economy sharpen the inter-imperialist contradictions. The competition between the capitalist powers is intensifying, as well as inside the imperialist unions like the EU and NATO. The war flashpoints are multiplying, there is an increasing danger that these will taken on a general wider character.

The way out for the working class and the other popular strata is only possible via the path for the overthrow of capitalist power and ownership.

Many parties noted that this struggle presupposes the weakening of the various forms of dangerous reformism-opportunism, of the so-called Party of the European Left and the “governmental left” as is expressed in Greece by SYRIZA. It was stressed that the various approaches to managing capitalism are not an alternative solution for the peoples. The experience from subordination to bourgeois governance is negative, regardless of its label, as is the experience from participation in or toleration for governments in the framework of capitalism.

The October Revolution and the struggles for socialism in the 20th century are source for the drawing of important experience and lessons that the communist and workers parties can utilize so that they become more effective in their efforts to strengthen and provide a class orientation to the labour movement, to construct the alliance of the working class with the poor urban and rural popular strata, to organize the workers’-people’s struggle against the monopolies their international alliances and their power, for rights that correspond to their needs today, for the abolition of exploitation.

If the 20th century began with the great offensive launched by the proletariat on the heavens and ended with its temporary defeat, the 21st century will bring the final and this time irreversible overthrow of capitalism and the construction of socialism-communism.

List of the Participant Parties

1 Communist Party Of Albania
2 Party Of Labour Of Austria
3 Communist Party Of Belarus
4 Belarusian Communist Party of Workers-Section of the CPSU
5 Communist Party Of Bulgaria
6 Party Of Bulgarian Communists
7 Union Of Communists In Bulgaria
8 New Communist Party Of Britain
9 AKEL
10 Communist Party Of Bohemia & Moravia
11 Communist Party Of Denmark
12 Communist Party In Denmark
13 Communist Party, Denmark
14 Communist Workers Party Of Finland
15 Pole Of Communist Revival In France
16 Revolutionary Party – Communistes
17 Communist Revolutionary Party of France
18 German Communist Party
19 Communist Party of Greece
20 Hungarian Workers’ Party
21 Workers’ Party of Ireland
22 Communist Party
23 Socialist Party of Latvia
24 Socialist People’s Front of Lithuania
25 Communist Party of Luxembourg
26 Communist Party of Malta
27 Communist Party of Norway
28 New Communist Party of The Netherlands
29 Communist Party of Poland
30 Portuguese Communist Party
31 Romanian Socialist Party
32 Communist Workers’ Party of Russia
33 Communist Party of The Russian Federation
34 Communist Party of Soviet Union
35 Party of The Communists of Serbia
36 Communist Party of Slovakia
37 Communist Party of The Peoples of Spain
38 Communist Party of Sweden
39 Communist Party of Turkey
40 Communist Party of Ukraine
41 Union of Communists of Ukraine
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