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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30 Jun, 2022
H. Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ and Rev. Christian Krieger, presidents of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and of the Conference of European Church (CEC) met with the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola on Wednesday 29 June 2022 to discuss the final report of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), as well the ongoing war in Ukraine and the implementation of the Article 17 Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU).
14 Jun, 2022
In a hybrid meeting on 7 June in Brussels with the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Conference of European Churches (CEC) highlighted Ukrainian church voices, emphasising the need to strength engagement of local religious communities in realising peace in Ukraine.
27 Mar, 2022
To connect with CEC Member Churches across Europe, CEC general secretary Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen brings highlights from significant CEC activities in a video update each month.
7 Mar, 2022
A delegation of CEC and COMECE met with Ambassador Philippe Leglise-Costa, Permanent Representative of France to the European Union, on 7 March 2022, to exchange on the priorities of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
21 Feb, 2022
Bishop Nick Baines, bishop of Leeds in the Church of England, is a board member of CEC. Below, he reflects on how churches can bring their unique collective voice to carry faith into the public arena.
20 Jan, 2022
Joining voices with other faith partners, CEC emphasised the role of religion and education in dialogue in a meeting of the Interreligious and Inter-Convictional Dialogue Committee of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe.
17 Jan, 2022
CEC congratulates Roberta Metsola to be elected as president of the European Parliament. Her support for a structured dialogue between churches, religions and faith- based communities with the European Parliament under Article 17 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU was appreciated deeply by CEC.
13 Jan, 2022
Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen, general secretary of the Conference of European Churches conveyed heartfelt condolences on the passing away of David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament.
16 Dec, 2021
The Conference of European Churches is set to implement a sharp organisational profile. As a church-fellowship, CEC will strengthen its work to develop Christian voices in European political institutions and beyond, while being grounded in firm theological reflection.
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.