Thursday 17. August 2017
Intercultural Dialogue

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.

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.

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.

Lessons learned, the future and what religion can offer

European Union

Manfred Prisching, Professor of Sociology at the University of Graz, looks for ways out of Europe’s political, economic and social crisis.

Compassion in times of moral panic

European Union

On 24 October 2016, the European Commission held its annual dialogue seminar with the Christian churches, entitled “Migration: Mapping and addressing fear”. The Hungarian sociologist of religion, András Máté-Tóth of the University of Szeged, gave one of the two keynote speeches. We set out here an abridged, slightly redacted text of his address.

Chanuka and Eid at school?

European Union

How can we develop the celebration of feasts and festivals to be more inclusive? A Christian orthodox talks about the initiative she has launched in her country, Finland.

The protection of religious heritage in Europe

European Union

Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) is a secular non-profit association. It is the only European network of charities and conservation departments of governmental, religious and university institutions, and other professionals who work to protect religious heritage buildings across Europe. Interview with Lilian Grootswagers, FRH Council Secretary.

Annihilation – is this the right response to terrorism?

European Union

Europe is still reeling from the terrorist attacks of recent months. Gerhard Beestermöller, Professor of Theological Ethics at the Luxembourg School of Religion and Society, looks for appropriate answers from a Christian point of view.

The Church's role in upholding human rights

EU Agency for Fundamental Rights

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights devoted its latest Forum to the topics of inclusion, refugee protection and the digital age: COMECE took active part in the discussions.

Superficial values

Johanna Touzel
epa04761861 President of the European Council Donald Tusk (L-R), President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker during arrivals at Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Latvia, 22 May 201

In recent months the word ‘values’ has been all the rage in Europe’s political circles and media – but what exactly does it mean?

Pope Francis’ geometry lesson on Europe

Church in Europe

The general principles described by Pope Francis to the end that “differences are harmonised within a shared pursuit”  may serve to guide European decision-makers in their process of integration.

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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