The "European Network of Official Authorities in Charge of Secret Police Files" was founded in Berlin in December of 2008. The institutions from seven Central and Eastern European countries working together in this Network are charged, in their respective countries, with making an important contribution to accounting for the communist dictatorships with the help of the secret police files provided to them.
The various paths toward development, structures and focuses of our institutions do not permit any schematic comparison. This is why there are interrelated presentations in this compendium arranged by country, which are, however, oriented along a main thread with seven focuses. These are:
- The founding history
- The legal mission and tasks
- The legal form and structure of the institution
- The scope and nature of the delivered files
- Regulations for access to the files
- Perspectives from the public and political debates
The responsibility for the contents of the individual texts rest with the respective institutions; the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic assumed responsibility for the compilation of the contributions, the editorial harmonization and the production.