Dialogue with European Political Institutions
A significant part of CEC work is dialogue with political institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg, especially the European Union and the Council of Europe. We monitor and analyse the activity of the EU, and provide our Member Churches with regular information and opportunity for engagement.
Dialogue with the European Institutions takes place under Article 17 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union. This is a commitment of the EU to open, transparent, and regular dialogue with churches and religious communities.
We often partner with Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), and others in our dialogue with the EU.
CEC dialogue with the EU includes :
- Regular dialogue seminars with the European Commission on topics of shared concern (e.g., the integration of migrants, human trafficking, social issues, human rights, environment).
- Meetings with the presidency of the Council of the EU. CEC brings representatives from local churches into direct dialogue with the EU through these meetings.
- High-level religious leaders’ meeting at the European Commission, an interfaith gathering where senior religious leaders enjoy an open exchange of views with the EU institutions.
- Ad-hoc meetings, workshops, and conferences with participation from church representatives and experts, and representatives of political institutions (e.g., religious freedom, climate change, divestment in fossil fuels)
- Contributions to public consultations organised by the EU (e.g. consultation on EU neighbourghood policy, EU guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of belief)
15 May, 2018
On 14 May, the Conference of European Churches, together with COMECE, the Quaker Council for European Affairs, and the Bahá’í International Community Brussels Office hosted a dialogue on partnership between the European Union and Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) regions.
8 May, 2018
A delegation from CEC and COMECE (Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union) met in Sofia on 8 May with the Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Ekaterina Zakharieva, to exchange views on the priorities of the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency.
21 Feb, 2018
The CEC letter on Future of Europe articulates loud and clear many concerns relevant for the situation of churches and the society in Poland.
23 Jan, 2018
Peter Heltai, Ambassador at Large of Hungary Helps Initiative and György Nandasi, Advisor to György Hölvényi MEP, European Parliament, visited the CEC office in Brussels.
9 Jan, 2018
CEC has appointed Rev. Sören Lenz its new executive secretary to represent CEC’s office in Strasbourg. He will be responsible for CEC’s work in the field of bio-ethics, human rights and engagement with European Institutions.
15 Dec, 2017
The unique role of churches in shaping the future of Europe was the highlight of a seminar organised by CEC in co-operation with the United Protestant Church in Belgium.
17 Nov, 2017
CEC and COMECE welcome the inter-institutional proclamation on the European Pillar of Social Rights to be signed today at the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth that is taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden.
7 Nov, 2017
Today senior Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Mormon leaders gathered for the 13th annual high-level meeting with the European institutions.
23 Oct, 2017
On October 19 CEC held an event in the European Parliament, Brussels, to launch the video entitled “Standing up for Minority Rights” in the presence of many young Serbs and Croats.
23 Oct, 2017
In Gegenwart vieler junger Menschen aus Serbien und Kroatien sowie anderer internationaler Gäste stellte die KEK am 19. Oktober am Europäischen Parlament in Brüssel das Viedo „Standing up for Minority Rights“ (Eintreten für Minderheitenrechte) vor. Organiseirt wurde der Anlass von Ivan Jakovcic, Mitglied des Europaparlaments (ALDE-Fraktion) aus Kroatien. Der Film untersucht die Situation von religiösen und ethnischen Minderheiten in Serbien und Kroatien.