Thursday 28. May 2015


EU Agenda on Migration: a significant step forward

13 May 2015


unknown‘COMECE, which has European migration and asylum policies as a central concern, welcomes the concrete proposals issued today by the EU Commission. They represent a significant step forward in tackling the repeated tragedies in the Mediterranean. The proposals formulated by the EU Commission, if adopted by the EU Member Sates, would reflect a commitment to solidarity among member sates and a desire to alleviate unacceptable levels of human suffering among men and women seeking asylum on our continent'. Read more



Cardinal Marx welcomes the award of the Charlemagne Prize for 2015 to Martin Schulz

13 May 2015


unknown“The award of this year’s Charlemagne Prize to the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, is in recognition of his work for the goal of a united Europe and his international efforts on behalf of the European Union. Martin Schulz’s activities are characterised by his personal commitment to Europe. His conviction and experience enable him to inspire the younger generation, making them feel more involved in the European concept". Read more



Cardinal Marx : ‘Remembering the end of the Second World War reminds us of our responsibilities’

8. Mai 2015


Reflecting upon the end of the Second World War, exactly 70 years ago today, 8 May, COMECE President Cardinal Reinhard Marx calls for a sense of collective responsibility and a spirit of service to enable Europe to face its present-day challenges such as the refugee situation and social injustice. Read more


Statement Cardinal Marx on the tragedy in the Mediterranean

21 april 2015


unknownCardinal Marx : "I welcome the commitment by the Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Ministers to reinforce measures in response to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean and to increase the budget for missions in this area. However, this announcement will need practical follow-up at the meeting of the Heads of State and Government on Thursday." Read more


Inter-Religious Dialogue of the European Parliament 2015

24 March 2015



This 24 March, COMECE participated in the 4th in a series of annual dialogues between the various faiths and organisations organised by the European Parliament. The meeting was held under the patronage of President Martin Schulz and Vice-President Antonio Tajani and is foreseen under Article 17 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. This year the Parliament will hold two discussions; the first with churches and faith groups and the second, scheduled for 17 November 2015, with non-confessional organisations. Bishop Hoogenboom (COMECE delegate Bishop for the Netherlands) and Fr Patrick H. Daly (COMECE Secretary general) both took the floor on the occasion of this meeting.


COMECE Spring Plenary Assembly

18-20 March


During their Spring Plenary Assembly from 18 to 20 March 2015 in Brussels, the bishops of COMECE had the opportunity to meet with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and his First Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, and to discuss the work programme of the Commission for the coming years. At this meeting on the eve of a European Summit in Brussels mainly devoted to the crisis in Greece, the bishops raised the issues of the current situation in Europe, the future of the Eurozone and the European unification. Read more


DEBATE | Decent Work – The path to dignity for all

17 March 2015

The eradication of poverty and fighting inequality, together with sustainable development, are among the most debated issues in international politics, within civil society as well as within the Churches. The European Union is among the major players in these discussions. On 17 March 2015, the Secretariat of COMECE together with Catholic-Inspired Organisations and under the kind patronage of the two Members of the European Parliament, Ms Patrizia Toia (S&D) and Mr Davor Ivo Stier (EPP) is organising a Debate on Decent Work. More information




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