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
24 Jul, 2018
A delegation of Austrian and European church representatives met in Vienna with Karoline Edtstadler, Secretary of State for Home Affairs of the Austrian government.
14 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.
7 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.
20 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.
22 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.
8 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.
14 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.
16 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.
6 Nov, 2017
Today senior Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Mormon leaders gathered for the 13th annual high-level meeting with the European institutions.
22 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.