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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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.
6 May, 2021
Applauding the launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe on Europe Day, 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 (COMECE) issued the following joint statement.
13 Apr, 2021
COMECE and CEC: “Churches have an important message and value to add to the Conference on the Future of Europe”
CEC and the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) addressed a letter to the newly appointed members of the Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe on 8 April 2021, advocating for the integration of churches in the Conference Plenary as distinct key stakeholders, in line with Article 17 TFEU.
28 Mar, 2021
Following the signing of the joint declaration in March, officially setting up the Conference on the Future of Europe, the Conference of European Churches (CEC) General Secretary Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen expressed appreciation for the move, anticipating strong contribution from the European churches.
28 Jan, 2021
An ecumenical delegation of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and CEC participated in an online meeting on 28 January 2021 with Mr Nuno Brito, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the European Union, exchanging views on the priorities of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
26 Nov, 2020
In a European Commission’s high-level meeting for Religious Leaders hosted by Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger, among other church leaders, contributed to the discussion on “The European Way of Life”.
26 Oct, 2020
An ecumenical delegation of COMECE, CEC) and EKD had an online meeting with Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office, to exchange on the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
25 Oct, 2020
Kirchen-EU-Dialog: Ökumenische Delegation trifft online mit deutscher EU-Ratspräsidentschaft zusammen
Eine ökumenische Delegation der Kommission der Bischofskonferenzen in der Europäischen Union (COMECE), der Konferenz Europäischer Kirchen (KEK) und der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland (EKD) traf am Dienstag, 27. Oktober 2020