Already 19 countries have decided to support the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. Pledges to contribute to the Foundation's Perpetual Fund have already exceeded EUR 97 million. In 2012 the Foundation should transfer to the Museum approximately PLN 1.7 million, and in the following year approximately PLN 4 million. The Foundation convened in Warsaw, in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland.
The Council Members confirmed the contents-related report on the Foundation's activity for the year 2011, as well as the annual financial plan. Council members were also presented with the results of the external audit of the Foundation's finance for the year 2011, carried out by the KPMG company, which has already awarded the Foundation the possibly best opinion" without reservations" for the third time in a row.
"During the third year of the Foundation's activity the following countries have pledged their support: Poland (pledge of EUR 10 million), France (EUR 5 million), Canada (CAD 400 thousand). Also Argentina gave us symbolic support, but we know that this country is seriously reconsidering the increase of its contribution to the Perpetual Fund," said Jacek Kastelaniec, the Foundation's General Director. Advanced negotiations on contribution to the Fund are conducting, inter alia, with Luxembourg, Italy and Spain. Also the tools facilitating raising funds from institutions are being developed.
During the meeting of the Council the schedule of preservation works in the Auschwitz Memorial Site was discussed. The works will be possible thanks to the Foundation's support. "On the 6th June we officially began the activities within the framework of the Global Preservation Plan, which is financed from the Foundation's financial means. In the nearest future we shall focus on preservation works of 45 brick barracks along the section BI of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp. We shall carry out both securing works and specialist research works that allow for the development of the best comprehensive preservation method. It is estimated that approximately 15 years are needed to secure all buildings. Also it will be extremely important to document their condition with a very precise laser spatial scanner," explains Rafał Pióro, the deputy director of the Museum, responsible for preservation works, and also the member of the Foundation's Council.
"I am glad that we managed already to commence the practical activities of the Foundation after 3.5 years. I would like to thank all persons who contributed into this project, which is unique on the world scale, and among them I would like to thank Mr. Jürgen Rüttgers, who helped to achieve such immense support from Germans, as well as Mr. Serge Klarsfeld, who was involved in obtaining France's support. Thanks also to the Polish and Israeli diplomacy whose cooperation was extremely important and helpful for the Foundation in many countries. I also thank to the journalists who explained to the general public what is the Foundation's project," said Piotr M.A. Cywiński, the president of the Foundation's management board and the director of the Museum.
Members of the Council have unanimously agreed to appoint Professor Władysław Bartoszewski, Zbigniew Nosowski and Marek Zając for another term of office. Professor Bartoszewski was re-elected to serve as the Chairman of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation Council. Professor Bartoszewski chaired the meeting of the Council. Other members of the Board shall be appointed after the establishment of the new terms of office for the International Auschwitz Council, since this is the management of the International Auschwitz Council which co-appoints persons who are to supplement the Foundation's Council. The gathered members observed a moment of silence to the memory of the deceased members of the Council: archbishop Józef Życiński and Henryk Flug.