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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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.
13 Oct, 2020
Together with the World Council of Churches the Conference of European Churches shares “deep concern about the violations of the humanitarian ceasefire agreed between Armenia and Azerbaijan.”
6 Oct, 2020
CEC offers prayer for peace among Armenia and Azerbaijan and encourages international organisations to find a durable peace solution
CEC has encouraged the OSCE Minsk Group and the European External Action Service (EEAS) to increase their efforts in searching for a durable peaceful solution in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
14 Jul, 2020
COVID-19 made our societies tremble. We stood face-to-face with the fragility of life – in some European countries on a scale that was and is unbearable,” said CEC General Secretary.
14 Jul, 2020
CEC has witnessed the recent decision of Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque with deep regret.
12 Jul, 2020
The CEC Annual Report 2019 is now available. The report reviews CEC activities carried out in 2019, continuing in the current year, featuring highlights from CEC’s 60th anniversary.
6 Jul, 2020
An ecumenical delegation of CEC and COMECE have met in Brussels with Mr Michael Clauss, Ambassador at the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU.
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”.