Dialogue with European Political Institutions
Dialogue and advocacy at the European level is an important part of the mission of the Conference of European Churches. Through our offices in Brussels and Strasbourg, we bring the concerns of our membership to the European Union and Council of Europe.
We follow and analyse the activity of European political institutions, work with our membership to develop Conference of European Churches positions on important issues, and provide opportunity for churches to engage directly with these bodies.
Open, regular, and transparent dialogue between churches and the European Union takes place according to Article 17 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union. We often cooperate with the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), and others in our dialogue with the EU.
Our work in this area includes:
- Regular dialogue seminars with the European Commission
- Meetings with the presidency of the Council of the EU, involving our member churches at the national level
- High-level religious leaders’ meeting at the European Commission
- Ad-hoc meetings, workshops, and conferences with participation from church representatives and experts
- Contributions to public consultations organised by the European Union
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15 Nov, 2021
Churches' aspiration to actively engage with the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) was affirmed in a contribution by CEC’s Senior EU Policy Advisor Lena Kumlin. She was participating among other European faith representatives at the Article 17 Dialogue Seminar on CoFoE, hosted by Vice-President Roberta Metsola.
4 Nov, 2021
An ecumenical delegation, representing CEC and the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, met with the Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša on Friday 5 November 2021 in Ljubljana, to discuss the implementation of the Slovenian EU Presidency’s priorities.
9 Sep, 2021
“Places of worship are meant to be places of peace, wisdom, and spirituality,” says Rev. Christian Krieger, president of the Conference of European Churches. “All religions, and all political and civil institutions must act together in solidarity and cooperation to safeguard their purpose.”
1 Sep, 2021
Conveying solidarity with people in Afghanistan, Rev. Christian Krieger, president of the Conference of European Churches and H. Em. Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, president of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, issued a joint statement urging the European decision makers to show humanity and act with determination in addressing the human tragedy currently unfolding in the country.
15 Jul, 2021
An ecumenical delegation of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) participated in an online meeting on 15 July 2021 with Mr. Iztok Jarc, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the European Union, exchanging on the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
1 Jul, 2021
The CEC Annual Report 2020 is now available. The report titled Living in Hope in Pandemic Times reviews CEC activities carried out in the tumultuous year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
20 May, 2021
Hosted by the European Parliament, the Conference of European Churches and the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) held an online Ecumenical Prayer for Christian Unity and for the Future of Europe on 21 May 2021.
11 May, 2021
An ecumenical delegation comprising Rev. Christian Krieger, president of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and H. Em. Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, president of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), met with Augusto Santos Silva, Portuguese Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, on 12 May 2021 in Lisbon, to exchange on the priorities of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
9 May, 2021
Der diesjährige Europatag, der 9. Mai, markiert den Start der Konferenz über die Zukunft Europas. Die Konferenz ist eine gute Nachricht. Die Kommission der Bischofskonferenzen der Europäischen Union (COMECE) und die Konferenz Europäischer Kirchen (KEK) wünschen ihr viel Erfolg.
9 May, 2021
Déclaration des Présidents de la COMECE et de la CEC à l’occasion du lancement de la Conférence sur l’Avenir de l’Europe
Cette année, la Journée de l'Europe, le 9 mai, marque le lancement de la Conférence sur l'Avenir de l'Europe. La Conférence est une bonne nouvelle. La Commission des Épiscopats de l'Union européenne (COMECE) et la Conférence des Églises Européennes (CEC) s’en réjouissent et souhaitent qu’elle soit un succès.