Thursday 17. August 2017
External Policy

A dynamic and multicultural European identity

Eglise Catholique

It is Pope Francis, a non-European, who bluntly states that there is a clear European identity. This is an affirmation that will surprise more than one European!  At a time when Europe is looking for a new lease of life, it may be worthwhile to be inspired by what an outsider detects in our own history.

Egypt: A Call for Openness

Catholic Church

A pastoral and political visit by Pope Francis to Egypt between the 28 and 29 April 2017.

Nonviolence: a style of politics for peace & the EU

European External Action Service

How can the EU contribute more proactively to the development of nonviolent strategies? Can it help forge an alternative style of politics when responding to conflicts and violence?

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

Fostering resilience for sustainable peace

European External Action Service

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?

Which defence strategy for Europe?

EU Military Staff
Attribution - Non Commericial - No Derivs Creative Commons© European Union 2014 - European Parliament----------------------------------------Pietro Naj-Oleari:European Parliament,Information General Directoratem,Web Communication Unit,Picture

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?

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 are the aims of the European security and defence policy?

European Union

In view of current strategic uncertainties, the EU has no choice other than to strengthen its security and defence policy, whilst at the same time continue to prioritise its peaceful strategies.

Refugees and Muslim-Christian relations: A call for bridges not walls

United States

In the wake of President Trump's executive order on immigration, and to mark UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, Thomas H. Smolich SJ, international director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Imam Yahya Sergio Yahe Pallavicini, president the Italian Islamic Religious Community (COREIS), released a joint statement.

Europe and NATO in a changing security situation

NATO

Over the past few months, the role of NATO has come under the spotlight. Assessing the changing security context in which Europe finds itself, NATO official Stephan Miller examines NATO’s capacity for promoting stability.

Mixed results for legislation on “conflict minerals”

European Union

After three years of negotiations, the European Union has finally got round to legislating on conflict minerals – definitely a step forward, but not going far enough.

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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