Employment and Social Issues
Life in Europe continues to be formed by financial, economic, social, and employment crises. These realities affect many people and households in Europe, including the people who make up CEC Member Churches.
CEC monitors European policies meant to overcome these crises. We also reflect on how our experience and theological traditions can contribute to a socially inclusive and sustainable European policy. Most CEC work in this area is carried out through the Church Action on Labour and Life (CALL) Network. For more information, please visit the CALL webpage. We also cooperate with ecumenical partners, including Eurodiaconia.
For more information on our work in this area, please email Rev. Frank-Dieter Fischbach.
15 May, 2012
In a common letter CSC and Eurodiaconia have addressed President Barroso to encourage the European Commission to pursue “with strength and transparency” the objective of poverty reduction in Europe.
1 Apr, 2012
In these days the European Commission receives the so-called National Reform Programmes of the Member States. With these NRPs the Member States define how they implement and try to reach the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy. For churches the targets in employment, ecology and fight against poverty are of high importance.
25 Nov, 2011
From the 21 to 23 November, Eurodiaconia and the Church & Society Commission of CEC (now merged with CEC), held a conference in Brussels on “strengthening the social dimension in European and National policies, exploring the Europe 2020 strategy”.
1 Jul, 2011
Family Policies are largely a competence of the EU member states and not of the European Union itself. Not least due to the demographic changes in Europe, however, family policy has also become a topic on the agenda in the European Institutions.
13 May, 2011
The second CALL Network Assembly took place in Bucharest from 11 to 13 May 2011 under the theme "Empowering People for Participation in Society." Below are documents related to the event.
30 Sep, 2010
In September 2010, ecumenical organisations joined together to host a conference on combating poverty, "Do not deny justice to your poor people.
12 Jul, 2010
In June 2010, the European Council set the target of taking 20 million people out of poverty by 2020. What is necessary to meet this ambitious target? - In a dialogue seminar with the European Commission, the Churches in Europe expressed their commitment to intensify their cooperation with the European Union to combat poverty and social exclusion. They expressed their interest in actively participating in the work of the European Platform against poverty which is being set up by the EU.
9 Jul, 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” took place on 9 July 2010.
30 Apr, 2010
The first assembly of the CALL Network took place in Brussels from 28 to 30 April. Here are some documents relating to this gathering.
24 Mar, 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.