Thursday 17. August 2017
Development Policy

50 years after Populorum Progressio

Church in Europe

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

A first step in the fight against conflict minerals

European Parliament
Half of the workforce of the artisanal mining sector is comprised of children. Without viable economic alternatives, most children must join their parents in rudimentary mining pits. Children as young as two years transport, wash, and crush minerals

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.

What kind of future is there for Iraq?

European Union

Members of COMECE attended the 19th annual EPP (European People’s Party) Group on Intercultural Dialogue with Churches and Religious Institutions, held on 20 – 21 October 2016. At this event the Archbishop of Kirkuk, Archbishop Msgr. Yousif Thomas Mirkis O.P. reported on the expectations of Iraq’s Christians for the future of their country. The following are excerpts from his speech.

An electoral year without an election in the Democratic Republic of Congo

European Union

Sliding into insecurity is a scenario being taken very seriously by the international community. What latitude does the European Union have now?

Security, the new name for development?

European Commission

The EU wants to strengthen the links between development and security. The use of development funds to this end raises concerns.

Time for an authentic European Peace Policy

European Council

Surrounded by a series of conflicts on its borders, it is now one of the most urgent tasks for the EU to adopt a robust Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy.

Ineffective arms export control: a threat to world peace

Council of the European Union

Do the reviewed EU measures on arms export control constitute an adequate response to the current security challenges?

Migration: Which is the European Agenda for the Hopeless?

European Commission

European crossroads: Cosmetic or real openness to giving an answer to the needs of millions of migrants and refugees seeking an alternative to despair?

Catholic organisations’ initiatives to face up to climate change

Church in Europe

Concrete initiatives launched by Christian organisations during COP21 in Paris in December 2015 to encourage leaders to insure firm commitments against climate change.

Decent Work – The Path to Dignity for all

European Parliament

A few months ahead of the expected adoption of the post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development at UN level, the importance of decent work for sustainable development was highlighted at a high-level debate at the European Parliament.

125 Church leaders ask the EU to put an end to conflict minerals

European Parliament

After the draft regulation proposed by the European Commission last year to put an end to the use of revenues from mining to finance armed conflicts, the discussion about conflict minerals has been on the table.

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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