Tuesday 27. June 2017
Fundamental rights

France chooses Europe

European Union
Emmanuel Macron, France's independent presidential candidate, waves while speaking to supporters after the first round of the French presidential election in Paris on April 23, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Christophe Morin.

The European anthem “Ode to Joy” resounded as newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron walked into the Louvre courtyard to address his supporters. In Brussels, this election result was greeted with huge relief.

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.

Getting together one year on: Celebrating the memory of British MP Jo Cox

UK Parliament

June marks the first anniversary since the murder of the gifted social justice campaigner and British MP, Jo Cox. A series of events are planned to celebrate what unites communities.

Egypt: A Call for Openness

Catholic Church

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

European Pillar of Social Rights – Juncker seeks consensus on new direction for EU social policy

European Commission

The European Pillar of Social Rights aims to address the growing social and economic divergence in the EU. The European Commission presented its recommendations at the end of April and is now hoping for support at the highest political level.

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

New spring in Europe?

Citizens

In recent months a range of initiatives have emerged that actively support the European Union. Is this a sign that the EU’s identity crisis is coming to an end?

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.

Building ‘Affectio Societatis’

European Union

Europe lacks neither reasons to unite nor projects. However, uniting people around a European project demands a spirit of fraternity according to Jérôme Vignon.

Brits Abroad: Young Catholics experience the European side of Brexit

Church in Europe

The Faith in Politics interns of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales reflect on a visit to Brussels, how Brexit influences their work and the church in the UK.

A new President for the European parliament

European Parliament
Inter-religious dialogue in Europe

Antonio Tajani has been elected for a two-and-a-half-year term as head of the European Parliament.

Agenda

> 6 June

The EU Commission together with the EMCDDA will launch the European Drug Report 2017, providing a comprehensive analysis of recent trends in the drug situation in Europe.

 

> 7 June
The EU Commission is expected to publish a Reflection Paper on the Future of the European Defence by 2025.

 

> 7 June
The EU Commission is expected to publish the Implementation of the EU Global Strategy: Communication on efforts to foster state, economic, environment/climate and social resilience in thirds countries.
 
> 15-16 June
A high-level event on EU Arctic Policy will be held in Oulu, Finland.

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