The European Commission was forced to take down a poster placing the Communist hammer and sickle next to symbols of major religions from its headquarters in Brussels after Arunas Vinciunas, the Lithuanian ambassador to the European Union, lodged a complaint about the display.
Giedrius Sudikas, the EU spokesman for the European Commission in Lithuania, denied the Lithuanian ambassador’s claim that the poster had been created as part of an EU-funded contest. He claimed the offending poster was one of several “made by artists in the context of a competition by the Czech Council on Foreign Relations,” and the European Union had neither paid for nor commissioned the artwork.
Leonidas Donskis, the EU Ambassador for Tolerance and Diversity in Lithuania
The sign was put together with old religious symbols. The hammer and sickle is a modern symbol, related to an ideology based on violence… It symbolises the suffering of Eastern and Central Europe. Doing things like this means ignoring the tragic experience of a large part of Europe.