20112011

European churches commit to dialogue and reflection on human rights and dignity - 13 December 2011
From 9-11 December, some 60 representatives of Christian churches from 14 European countries met in the Protestant Academy in Bad Boll, Germany, to discuss the different confessional perspectives on the Christian understanding of human rights... 

Working towards a strong Social Dimension of Europe 2020 - 21 November 2011
At a time of financial and economic crisis and increasing austerity measures, the Europe 2020 commitment to Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth is in danger.

Faithfulness to ones’ own identity, respect for others and solidarity Churches mark the beginning of the Polish EU Presidency - 4 July 2011
On Sunday 3 July 2011, around 250 worshippers attended an ecumenical worship service in Warsaw marking the beginning of the Polish EU Presidency.

People must be at the centre of the European integration process - Churches meet Polish EU Presidency - 29 July 2011
The Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski asks the churches to support his government’s idea to establish a European fund in support of initiatives that promote democracy all over the continent and beyond.

Roma Inclusion: A Need, a Challenge and a Duty - 27 June 2011 - German
Joint Press Release CEC/COMECE
This was the topic of the Dialogue Seminar which took place 27 June 2011 at the European Commission. About 12 million Roma live throughout Europe today. To foster their inclusion...

Religious Leaders meeting the EU Presidents - A Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity - 31 May 2011
“It is my firm conviction that the world of faith can prove a powerful ally in efforts to address issues of democratic rights and liberties. For religion provides a unique perspective – beyond the merely social, political or economic - on the need to eradicate poverty, to provide a balance in a world of globalisation, to combat fundamentalism and racism, as well as to develop tolerance in a world of conflict,” H.E. Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, President of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) emphasised in his address to the meeting of 20 Religious Leaders with the Presidents of the EU Institutions on 30 May 2011...

Churches and the EU in Dialogue - 31 May 2011
“The Culture and the Contents of the dialogue with the European Institutions” was the theme of this year’s Church and Society Commission of CEC’s Annual Plenary meeting, which took place in Brussels, Belgium, from 25 to 28 May.

CEC´s Church and Society Commission to meet in Brussels - A Culture of Dialogue for the Common Good - 24 May 2011
The “Culture and Contents of the dialogue between the churches and the European Institutions” is the main theme of this year´s Plenary meeting of the CSC of CEC taking place in Brussels from 25-28 May. In the Lisbon Treaty...

Patriarch Daniel: Churches have to strengthen Civil Society in Crisis Times - CALL Network meets at the Romanian Patriarchate in Bucharest  - 19 May 2011
“We are very concerned that the economic crisis will create more gaps between the rich and the poor people in Europe. The churches have to raise their voice against greed and the unjust benefits of speculation,” explained His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel...


Churches urge NATO to withdraw tactical nuclear weapons - 17 March 2011
Endorsing the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons, international and national ecumenical organisations have sent a message to NATO. Four international and national ecumenical organisations, including the Conference of European Churches (CEC), have urged NATO to withdraw all remaining ca. 200 U.S. tactical nuclear weapons from Europe and to end their role in NATO strategies.

Press Release in EN FR DE  - "Bringing Europe Closer to its People”
As part of the series of regular encounters between churches and the incoming EU Presidencies, a delegation of Hungarian and European church representatives was received by the Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán on Monday, 17 January 2011 in Budapest. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén and the Secretaries of State Mihály Varga, Peter Szíjjárto, Zoltán Balog and László Szászfalvi as well as by several advisers.