Dialogue with European Political Institutions
A significant part of CEC work is dialogue with political institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg, especially the European Union and the Council of Europe. We monitor and analyse the activity of the EU, and provide our Member Churches with regular information and opportunity for engagement.
Dialogue with the European Institutions takes place under Article 17 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union. This is a commitment of the EU to open, transparent, and regular dialogue with churches and religious communities.
We often partner with Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), and others in our dialogue with the EU.
CEC dialogue with the EU includes :
- Regular dialogue seminars with the European Commission on topics of shared concern (e.g., the integration of migrants, human trafficking, social issues, human rights, environment).
- Meetings with the presidency of the Council of the EU. CEC brings representatives from local churches into direct dialogue with the EU through these meetings.
- High-level religious leaders’ meeting at the European Commission, an interfaith gathering where senior religious leaders enjoy an open exchange of views with the EU institutions.
- Ad-hoc meetings, workshops, and conferences with participation from church representatives and experts, and representatives of political institutions (e.g., religious freedom, climate change, divestment in fossil fuels)
- Contributions to public consultations organised by the EU (e.g. consultation on EU neighbourghood policy, EU guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of belief)
8 May, 2014
The Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) held a joint consultation on the theme “Improving the Situation of Roma People in Europe: Challenges and open questions” under the auspices of the Greek Presidency of the European Union. This consultation took place in Athens from 5-7 May 2014 on the gracious invitation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
13 Jan, 2014
On 10 January 2014, three days after the official start of the Greek EU Presidency, the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister with specific responsibility for European Affairs, Dimitris Kourkoulas, received a delegation of senior Greek and European churchmen in Athens. Also in attendance were senior officials from the Foreign Ministry.
17 Dec, 2012
On 14 December, CEC joined forces with COMECE and the Bureau of Policy Advisers of the European Community to hold a dialogue seminar, "How to build a European Model of the Social Market Economy?"
14 Dec, 2012
Press releases and speeches related to the 14 December dialogue seminar "How to build a European Model of the Social Market Economy?"
10 Oct, 2012
The delegation of Cypriot and European Church representatives were received by the Cypriot Deputy Minister for European Affairs Andreas D. Mavroyiannis on 6 October in the Presidential Palace in Nicosia as part of the series of regular encounters between Churches and EU Presidencies. They had an exchange of views concerning a series of topics related to the agenda of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU.
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.
7 Jul, 2010
A Dialogue Seminar on policies to combat poverty and social exclusion will take place on 9 July 2010 at the European Commission in Brussels. It is 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).
6 May, 2009
On 28-30 April 2009 representatives of European churches met in Brussels and Mechelen (Belgium) at a conference on “Shaping European economic and social policies in times of uncertainty”. The conference was organised by the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (now merged with CEC).
15 Dec, 2008
On 15 December 2008, CSC - together with the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) and the European Commission - organised a Dialogue Seminar in Brussels on “Quality Education in an Intercultural Environment”. The Intereuropean Commission on Church and School (ICCS), an associated organisation of CEC, and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) made a pivotal contribution to the contents of the seminar.