Thursday 17. August 2017
COMECE

Fighting polarisation and misuse of the refugee crisis

This year’s meeting between the EU and high level religious leaders was devoted to the theme “Migrations, Integration, European values: from words to action”. The following is taken from the speech of Mgr. Jean Kockerols in which he explained his interpretation of the Catholic Church’s position on the migrant crisis.

European Union

How to recommit ourselves to Gospel nonviolence

What New Year resolutions might we make as Church to give life to the World Peace Day message? The General Secretary of the British Section of Pax Christi, Pat Gaffney, outlines some proposals.

European Union

“Ten Commandments” for Europe

FILE - New Chairman of the EPP Group (European People's Party) in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber gives his first press conference after a meeting with European Council President van Rompuy, at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 12 June 2

On 1 September 2016, in a kind of prelude to the new political season, Manfred Weber, the Chair of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, delivered a noteworthy speech on Europe at the Catholic Academy in Bavaria, Munich.

European Union

Rural depopulation - The harvest is rich but the labourers are few

Responding to ever-louder calls for a radical overhaul of the Common Agricultural Policy (‘CAP’), MEPs have recently voted in favour of measures to help small farmers. In this article, environmental lawyer Henry Longbottom SJ (JESC) considers a range of voices in a debate about public funding of rural activities.

COMECE

Daring to dream of a new Europe – the Church responds to the Pope’s challenge

While receiving the Charlemagne Prize on 6 May 2016, Pope Francis invited us to dare to dream of a new Europe. For him this means moving from a cash-based economy to a social economy, a project which could instil enthusiasm in the younger generation and for which he looked for support from the Church. Is this project Utopian or could it be achieved?

European Commission

The “Winter Package” of the European Commission

The Commission’s legislative proposal “Clean Energy for all Europeans” covers measures relating to energy efficiency, renewables, and also proposes changes to reorganize the electricity market and tackle energy poverty.

Agenda

>17 July
The Commission will present its 2017 review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe. This year's edition will focus on the issue of intergenerational fairness.
 
>24 July
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) will bring together economic and financial ministers from all EU member states in order to review EU economic policies, taxation issues and the regulation of financial services.
 
>17-18 July
The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will be held in Brussels. Member States’ ministers responsible for fisheries and agriculture will participate in order to discuss issues relating to agriculture and fisheries, including food safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health.
 
>31 July – 11 August
COMECE headquarter in Brussels will be closed.
 
28 – 31 August
The European Parliament’s Committees will take place in order to prepare the legislative work for Parliament's plenary.

 

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