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Visit our special page on the European Elections to read statements and publications and find out about events in your country.

European Elections - Europe is about you!

In May 2014 elections to the European Parliament will take place.  CEC sees the elections as an opportunity not only for political parties, but also for churches in the Member States of the Union to voice their 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.

The leaflet is available for download in several languages. For additional information about the elections, as well as about thematic concerns linked to the elections please consult the website 

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Human Rights

Workshop on "Co-existence and acceptance of the other", organised by the European External Action Service and the League of Arab States
2-3 April 2014, Cairo - Egypt

The CSC Executive Secretary for Human Rights Mag. Elizabeta Kitanovic presented results of the CSC of CEC Human Rights education programme as one of the tools for peaceful co-existence and acceptance of others.

Useful links
EU Guidance on Freedom of Religion or Belief
Arab Charter on Human Rights
CEC-CSC Human Rights Training Manual



Doha Meeting for Advancing Religious Freedom Though Interfaith Collaboration
24-25 March 2014, Doha - Qatar

The CSC Executive Secretary for Human Rights Mag. Elizabeta Kitanovic contributed to the Instanbul process 16/18 for Combating Intolerance and Discrimination based on Religion or Belief

The Istanbul process is a series of international conferences seeking to promote the implementation of the steps called for in the landmark UN Human Rights Council resolution 16/18 on Combating Intolerance, Negative Stereotyping and Stigmatisation of and Discrimination, Incitement to violence and violence against persons based on Religion or belief.

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CEC congratulates His Holiness, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II

The Conference of European Churches congratulates His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II on his election as the Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church and All The East, succeeding the late Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I who passed away on 21 March.

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CEC says healing of memories is still a formidable challenge facing Rwanda

On Sunday, April 6, 20 years will have passed since the genocide in Rwanda began. In a period of only 100 days, from April 7, 1994 to mid-July an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed.
“Together, let us pledge our determination to prevent genocide as the best way to remember those who lost their lives so tragically in Rwanda” said Rev Dr Guy Liagre CEC General Secretary, adding “Preventing genocide is a collective responsibility”.

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Youth employment in Europe – a challenge for the churches?

“Youth employment in Europe – a challenge for the churches?” was the subject of a conference of the CSC CALL network in Brussels from 24 to 26 March. 60 persons discussed the options to address youth unemployment, coming from 17 different countries from all over Europe, delegates of churches and church organisations as well as young people.

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Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe: Beyond Borders since 1964
European Gathering in Frankfurt am Main, 27-28 March 2014: “Recalling the past, meeting the challenges of the future”

In 1964, the World Council of Churches created the then Churches’ Committee on Migrant Workers in Europe, to find churches’ responses to the guest worker programmes in Western Europe at the time. Migration is internationally defined as crossing the borders and living in another country than one’s own for a year, therefore, Beyond Borders seems to be the appropriate title to celebrate the 50th anniversary of CCME.
Press Release in German

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CEC’s General Secretary Says Anti-Semitism is still a formidable challenge facing Europe

“Anti-Semitism is still a formidable challenge facing Europe, while this continent’s cultural heritage is in no small part a Jewish heritage” CEC’s General Secretary Guy Liagre told a conference on Jewish-Christian coexistence in Hungary organised by the UNESCO Hungarian National Committee.

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Joint Press Release of CSC of CEC, CCME, APRODEV and Eurodiaconia 

European Parliament elections: It’s about Europe, it’s about you!

“The elections to the European Parliament are an opportunity to discuss our vision of the Union as a community which promotes a just, participatory and sustainable world in which each person can live in dignity, fulfil his/her potential and live free from poverty,” was the message of the event taking place on 4th March in the European Parliament and sponsored by four ecumenical partner organisations. 


The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches along with 40 organisations in partnership from all countries on the European continent. CEC was founded in 1959 and has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

Christians from different confessions are committed to live and witness together in a spirit of ecumenism, sharing, understanding and mutual respect. All are committed in spite of the historic divides, the many languages and the geographical and economic barriers which exist on the European continent. Together, the churches work to promote the unity of the church and to present a common Christian witness to the people and institutions of Europe. The common desire to live in peace and to promote justice and reconciliation has enabled the churches to maintain their fellowship for the 50 years of the CEC's existence.

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