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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28 Jun, 2020
“It is my impression that faith became strengthened during the pandemic and the prayer life became more intense,” said CEC general secretary Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen.
1 Apr, 2020
CEC and COMECE have issued a joint call stressing the importance of unity, calling all churches, communities and political leaders to show their “commitment to European values”.
20 Jan, 2020
An ecumenical delegation composed of representatives from the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union and CEC met in Zagreb.
12 Jan, 2020
Ecumenical cooperation in Europe was highlighted by the president of CEC Rev. Christian Krieger at a high-level colloquium titled “Building Europe together – 50 years of the Holy See with the Council of Europe”.
14 Jul, 2019
An ecumenical delegation with representatives from CEC and COMECE met with Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs to exchange on priorities of the Finnish Presidency of the EU Council.
10 Jul, 2019
CEC Annual Report 2018 titled "You Shall be my Witnesses" is now available online in English, French, German and Russian. The report records highlights from CEC activities in 2018.
8 May, 2019
CEC issues a message addressing European leaders gathering for the EU Future for Europe Summit on the Europe Day, 9 May in Sibiu.
8 May, 2019
Ci-après, le message de la Conférence des Églises européennes (KEK) prononcé par son président, le pasteur Christian Krieger, et son secrétaire général, le P. Heikki Huttunen, devant les dirigeants européens réunis pour un sommet de l’UE sur l’avenir de l’Europe à Sibiu, en Roumanie.
8 May, 2019
Mitteilung der Konferenz Europäischer Kirchen (KEK), herausgegeben vom KEK-Präsidenten Pastor Christian Krieger und vom KEK-Generalsekretär Pater Heikki Huttunen, an die europäischen Staatsoberhäupter auf dem Gipfeltreffen der EU vom 9. Mai 2019 in Sibiu.
19 Feb, 2019
In the run up to the European Parliament elections CEC and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe have developed a tool "Europe: It’s OUR future"