CSC Documents on Social and Economic Issues 2010


September 2010

Combating Poverty Conference:
Do Not Deny Justice to Your Poor People (Exodus 23,6)

Proposals for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion in the EU
Poverty Report  - Joint Recommendations of: Eurodiaconia, Caritas Europa, the Church and Society Commission of CEC and COMECE.  -  FRENCH   GERMAN

Press Release from the Conference

Banner from the Conference

Speeches from the Conference on Poverty, 30 September 2010

Dr. Philippe Courard - Speech: French

Rev. Dr. Dieter Heidtmann  - Speech:  EnglishGerman

Ms. Rapti - Speech: Greek Only

Ms Ninni Smedberg - Speech: English

Ms. Anna Záborská - Speech: French


July 2010

Dialogue Seminar of the EU and the Churches in Europe on “Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion in the Framework of the EU 2020 Strategy” co-organised by the Bureau of European Policy Advisors of the European Commission together with the Church & Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Secretariat of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE).   - 9  July 2010

EU Commissoner Andor :  Churches are crucial partners in combating poverty

Official EU Photos from the Dialogue Seminar - © European Union, 2010 | Brussels - Berlaymont

CEC Photos from the Dialogue Seminar on Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion

Press Releases on the Dialogue Seminar:

EU Commissoner Andor :  Churches are crucial partners in combating poverty - 12 July 2010

Churches discuss policies to combat poverty with the EU Commissioner László Andor - 7 July 2010

CSC Briefing Paper on the EU 2020 strategy - June 2010
EUROPE 2020: A European strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive grow

Documents from the Dialogue Seminar 9 July 2010:

Welcome Speech - Rüdiger Noll

The European Platform against Poverty and the role of faith-based organisations in the fight against poverty - Antonia Carparelli

Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion int he framework of the EU 2020 Stragety - Archbishop emeritus Jukka Paarma

Europe 2020: European Platform against Poverty - Julien Van Geertsom

Presentation and Speech: "Observatory of the poverty and resources in Bosnia and Herzegovina" - Zlatko Malic

Entrajuda - Capacity Building Projects for the Portuguese Non-profit Sector - Rui Botelho

Résumé de l'intervention de Mr. Jérôme Vignon


March 2010

Protection of a work-free Sunday - First European Conference - 24 March 2010

On 24 March, more than 400 conference participants from churches, trade unions as well as civil society organisations, met in the European Parliament in Brussels to launch an appeal to the heads of states and governments to keep Sunday free of work for all European citizens.  

Programme     Speakers    Statement from CEC    Joint Statement in English and German

Please click on the language of your choice for the call for a work-free Sunday:

For more information on this issue please contact Rev. Laurence Flachon.

January 2010
"EU 2020" Strategy

The Ethical Dimension of the "EU 2020" Strategy - January 2010

The Church and Society Commission has developed this contribution of the European churches for the Consultation of the European Commission on the new "EU 2020" strategy. CSC is asking the European Union to make the implementation of fundamental rights and values a key priority in its framework strategy for the next decade. The contribution gives a number of examples for the implementation of ethical principles in the areas of education, science and technology, employment, social inclusion and democratic participation.

European Year 2010 against Poverty and Social Exclusion

"Poverty Hurts Your Soul" - 19 January 2010

CSC has developed this contribution of the European churches for the European Year 2010. Its objective is to encourage the European institutions, EU Member States and other stakeholders to come to a more holistic understanding of the reasons which lead to poverty and social exclusion, as well as of the manifold impact of poverty and social exclusion not only on the  people affected but on the whole society.