On 14 March, an agreement was signed between the French State, the Community of Sant’ Egidio, the Catholic Church and Protestant communities. The agreement will enable 500 Syrian refugees from Lebanon to enter French territory in the coming months, following the example of humanitarian corridors already in place in Italy.
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.
This year’s meeting between the EU and high level religious leaders was devoted to the theme “Migrations, Integration, European values: from words to action”. The following is taken from the speech of Mgr. Jean Kockerols in which he explained his interpretation of the Catholic Church’s position on the migrant crisis.
At the beginning of September, the United Nations’ children’s fund Unicef presented the report “Uprooted”. Its shocking message was that there are almost 50 million displaced children and young people worldwide, with 28 million of these fleeing from terror and violence.
Despite the existence of greater social awareness of this criminal activity and the build-up of expertise in the Member States, two major challenges remain: obtaining better data and fighting new forms of trafficking.
>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.