European Elections 2014European Elections 2014

Europe is about you!

In May 2014 elections to the European Parliament will take place.  CEC see the elections as an opportunity not only for political parties, but also for churches in the Member States of the Union to voice our concerns, visions and hopes for the future of Europe. We invite churches and Christians in the EU to contribute to a dialogue on values which should shape the Union and give it the direction for the future.
 
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For additional information about the elections, as well as about thematic concerns linked to the elections please consult the ecumenicalvoices2014.eu website

You will find here contributions, publications and events from the CEC Constituency at the occasion of the European Elections 2014

Parlamientary Elections

From the website of the Church of England:

In May 2014 elections to the European Parliament will take place across the European Union. The elections are an opportunity for Christians in the 28 Member States of the Eurpean Union to voice their concerns, visions and hopes for the future of Europe.

Whatever one's political colour, the elections provide an opportunity to reflect and consider how best to secure human flourishing in Europe. This commitment to human flourishing and human dignity is one of the reasons why the General Synod agreed in 2007 that "support for political organisations whose policies engender racism is inconsistent with Christian discipleship."

 

Announcement, Prayer and Declaration
available in English, French and German

Just as in 2009, CPCE provides texts for its member churches to be used in services before the EU elections in May 2014. The Presidium of CPCE published a declaration on the occasion.

 

CROCEU

Common Statement of the Committee of Representatives of Orthodox Churches to the EU (CROCEU)
Sunday of Orthodoxy, 9 March 2014

Strength comes out of unity - CROCEU
Statement

 

available in Finnish & Swedish

European Election manifesto 

  • The role and powers of the EP have increased significantly. People are encourage to vote in these important elections. This also strengthens the democratic legitimacy of the union.
  •  EU is also important for the Churches, and churches and other religious communities have an important role in today’s European societies. Our Church is looking forward to further developing the open, transparent and regular dialogue with the EU – including the new EP – together with other Churches.

Our key priorities

  • A Europe of common values (strengthening the value dimension within all policy areas)
  • A Europe for the people (combating poverty and social exclusion, economic growth and competitiveness are only means for promoting the common good)
  • A welcoming Europe (a humane and solidaric migration- and asylum policy, that respects the human dignity and human rights of all people)
  • A Europe that cares for the creation and sustainable development (EU should demonstrate leadership in combatting climate change and in adopting an ambitious environmental policy, need to promote a moderate lifestyle instead of ongoing growing consumption)
  • Freedom of religion (promoting positive freedom of religion – freedom of religion is not freedom from religion! Churches and other religious communities must have the right to act and be visible in the public sphere, both on national and European level. Religious persecution an alarming problem. EU needs religious literacy.
  • Churches and religions contribute to the forming of the spiritual, social and ethical foundation of Europe. The aim should be a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable Europe, acting in accordance with its common values.

The Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland will organise an debate on the European elections from a Church perspective in the Cathedral of Helsinki on 28 April 2014. The Bishop of Espoo, Tapio Luoma, will open the debate, and top EU-election candidates from all eight parliamentary parties. will be present The debate will be videostreamed and broadcasted live on radio, in order to enable Church members throughout the country to follow the discussions.

Guidelines to the European Elections - EKD Office Brussels
available in German

Appeal of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany and the German Bishops' Conference for the European elections on May 25, 2014
12 May 2014
available in German

From the Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church in the United Kingdom

European Elections 22 May 2014 Resource

Jointly with the Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz and the Evangelische Landeskirche in Baden.

Documents, liturgy and statements from the Presidents
Texts available in French and German only

Symbole de paix pour l'Europe