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Publication of an Opinion on Gestational Surrogacy

23/02/2015

 

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Gestational surrogacy is an issue of increasing preoccupation and concern in contemporary political and legal debate across the European Union. Against that background, the COMECE Working Group on Ethics in Research and Medicine has published an “Opinion on Gestational Surrogacy: the question of European and International Rules” , which is presented today, 23 February, at an event hosted by MEP Miroslav Mikolasik at the European Parliament. The Opinion makes clear that all forms of gestational surrogacy represent a violent assault on the human dignity of all involved in this exchange. Read more


 

 

Seminar SURROGACY and HUMAN DIGNITY

European Parliament | 23.02.2015 at 16.30
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Surrogacy has become a booming industry across the world. This is true both in developed and less developed countries. It represents a serious violation of the human dignity and basic fundamental rights of the woman and of the child. It involves trafficking in human beings for reproductive purposes. No common rules have been so far adopted at the EU level, although there are common ethical and legal grounds among Member States for tackling this phenomenon. The Working Group on Ethics in Research and Healthcare of COMECE has prepared an Opinion assessing the ethics of the Surrogate Motherhood and discussing its tangled legal repercussions and advocating international or European rules to address it. More information

 


 

 

 

Conference "The conversion of Christians to Ecumenism"

Chapel for Europe | 20.01.2015 at 19.00

 

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The challenges and opportunities of the Catholic-Protestant Dialogue - 50 years after the decree on ecumenism of the Vatican Council II


With the participation of experts in matters of Ecumenical Dialogue:

Prof Dr Bernard Sesboüé SJ, Paris
Prof. Doris Lambers-Petry, Brussels
Moderated by : Johanna Touzel, COMECE

at the Chapel for Europe (22 Rue Van Maerlant)

 

on Tuesday 20 January 2015 at 19.00 hrs.

 

In French with translation into English.

After the conference: reception

 

More information

 

 



 

Meeting with the Latvian EU Presidency

15 January 2015

 

unknownChurches led wide-ranging discussions with the Latvian Presidency team on religious freedom and tolerance, climate change, migration, security strategy and conflict prevention and EU neighbourhood policy. Within a week of taking on the Presidency of the European Council, the Latvian Minister of Justice, Dzintars Rasnačs, received a delegation of representatives from the Christian churches of Europe to discuss the Latvian Presidency agenda. The meeting was held on Thursday 15 January at the Ministry of Justice in Riga. Read more


 

Churches meet with Italian EU Presidency

18/12/2014

 

unknownIn the closing days of the Italian EU Presidency, Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentilioni met with a joint delegation of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) on 18 December in Rome. Delegates present at the meeting urged the presidency for concrete action on youth unemployment, migration, and freedom of religion and belief. Read more


 

Soirée débat avec Michel Camdessus

mercredi 10 décembre 19h
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La COMECE et Justice&Paix Europe, en partenariat avec le quotidien français « La Croix »,  ont le plaisir de vous inviter à la soirée-débat : « La scène de ce drame est le monde  - Treize ans à la tête du FMI" , avec Michel Camdessus, ancien Président du Fonds Monétaire international. A l’occasion de la parution de son livre, M. Camdessus reviendra sur son expérience à la tête de cette organisation internationale et entrera en débat sur les grands enjeux pour le monde d'aujourd'hui : gouvernance mondiale, questions européennes et solidarité internationale. La soirée-débat sera modérée par Marie Dancer, journaliste à « La Croix », chargée des questions économiques et sociales en Europe. lire plus et s'inscrire


 

Human trafficking: Churches call on the EU for action on a wider front

COMECE-CEC Dialogue Seminar on Human trafficking

 

unknownAn estimated 800,000 women, men, and children are victims of human trafficking within the EU today. Up to 60% of the victims originate from EU states. The EU and its member states urgently need to implement the legal framework already in place and to intensify cooperation with civil society and church organisations that work with victims at the grassroots level. This was one of the main messages of the Dialogue Seminar organised by COMECE and the Church and Society Commission of CEC in cooperation with CCME in dialogue with the EU Commission on 27 November. Read more



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