EU Policy and Legislation
In cooperation with the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) Brussel’s office, the Conference of European Churches carries out monitoring and action on EU policy and legislation. The Thematic Reference Group for this area provides a forum for discussion and exchange of information on current legal and political matters emerging from the European Institutions. It deliberates on a range of topics including church-state law, fundamental rights, dialogue between the EU and churches, employment law, and other relevant matters.
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17 Jul, 2017
On July 12, 2017 representatives from a range of religious organisations met with senior European policy makers to explore different dimensions of resilience and how faith-based actors can contribute to fostering resilience.
12 Apr, 2016
On April 8 and 9 the CEC Thematic Reference Group on EU Policy and Legislation met in Athens at the Second Evangelical Church, facilitated by member Dr Altana Filos.
10 Sep, 2015
Refugee and Migrant Crisis: Ecumenical organisations appeal to ministers of EU Justice and Home Affairs Council
Five of Europe’s ecumenical organisations have called on the ministers of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council for a unified, ambitious and rights-based refugee and migration policy. The Conference of European Churches joins with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), Eurodiaconia, ACT Alliance EU, and EU-CORD in this appeal.
2 Jun, 2015
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers: Statement on external borders of the EU especially the Mediterranean
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) expresses its deep concern about the repeated loss of life in the Mediterranean. CEC deplores that for over two decades tens of thousands of migrants have drowned in their attempts to reach safety or find a more dignified life in Europe.
26 Nov, 2014
An estimated 800,000 women, men, and children are victims of human trafficking within the EU today. The EU and its member states urgently need to implement the legal framework already in place and to intensify cooperation with civil society and church organisations that work with victims at the grassroots level. This was one of the main messages of the Dialogue Seminar organised by COMECE and the Church and Society Commission of CEC in cooperation with CCME in dialogue with the EU Commission on 27 November.
2 Nov, 2014
The Conference of European Churches congratulates the newly appointed European Commission, President Jean-Claude Junker and the Commissioners, and wishes God’s blessing and accompaniment for the start of their work on 1 November 2014.
12 Oct, 2014
The Conference of European Churches urges the European Council ‘to be more ambitious in their final decision when shaping EU climate and energy policies’. This is underlined in the letter that has been sent by CEC to the EU decision makers in view of the upcoming meeting of the European Council, which should adopt decisions on the future shape of EU climate policies up to 2030.
15 Jul, 2014
The Conference of European Churches congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker on his appointment as the newly elected President of the European Commission.
Yesterday, on 15th July, Jean-Claude Juncker, the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg was elected as the President of the new European Commission by the European Parliament in a secret ballot with 422 votes in his favour. The Conference of European Churches congratulates the newly elected President on his appointment.
2 Apr, 2014
“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.
28 Feb, 2014
The CALL network has participated in a European Commission consultation on the revision of the EU Working Time Directive. Over the last four years, CALL has worked on questions related to precarious work and defining a concept of good work. These reflections enabled CALL to submit an informed response to the questionnaire to the European Commission.