The Presidential Administration has announced that President Klaus Iohannis will pay a visit on Monday to the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives (CNSAS). Thus, the President will be at CNSAS’s archives in Popesti Leordeni, Ilfov County, at 10 a.m.
“It will have an important contribution to the opening of a Museum of Communism”
The President stated on Sunday on his Facebook page that the archives of the former Securitate represent “a part of Romania’s history,” adding that “the files compiled by the political police enclose in their pages countless lives of innocent people.”
“The archives of the former Securitate represent a part of our people’s history. The files compiled by the political police enclose in their pages numerous lives of innocent people. Tomorrow I will visit the archives kept by CNSAS at Popesti-Leordeni. After Germany and Poland, CNSAS holds the third-largest archive taken over from the former Communist secret services. The memory of communism is in these files and we do not have the right to keep it silent. On the contrary, it will have an important contribution to the opening of a Museum of Communism, one we talked about in Timisoara immediately after the elections,” the Head of State wrote.
Institution set up in 1999
CNSAS is an institution set up in 1999 in order to place at the disposal of Romanian citizens the files and documents compiled by the former Securitate until 22 December 1989, the date of the Revolution. The institution verifies, on its own or on demand, whether persons that run to be elected or appointed to public office were members of the Securitate’s political police bodies, as agents or collaborators. Each citizen has the right and the legally-guaranteed possibility of seeing his or her Securitate file in case there is one.
CNSAS is led by a College made up of 11 members appointed by Parliament for 6-year terms. The institution has 3 main purposes: of having a dialogue with citizens and institutions, of analyzing, verifying, classifying and rendering systematic all information, of researching the documents of the former Securitate and publishing studies about the structure of the Securitate, its victims, the work methods of the former political police etc.