Mgr Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of Justice and Peace Europe, and a delegate of COMECE shares his perspective after attending a congress organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
The EU has declared “resilience” as one of the strategic priorities for its foreign policy external action. The question however still remains: what does “resilience” mean and how can it be put into practice?
Following the publication of the Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign And Security Policy (“EUGS”) in June 2016, and the subsequent adoption on 17 October 2016 of the European Council's Conclusions for implementing the EUGS in relation to security and defence, the question now arises: Are we any wiser with regard to the EU's defence strategy for Europe?
On 3 April 2017, the European Council formally adopted a regulation on the responsible supply of minerals which had previously been approved by the European Parliament on 16 March 2017. The objective of this legislation is to put an end to the financing of armed groups through the trading of so-called conflict minerals.
>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.