COMECE EU External Relations Commission:
How can the EU promote sustainable peace and human development?
The COMECE Commission on the EU External Relations gathered on 30 September-1 October 2019 to discuss the future Foreign and Security Policy agenda of the renewed European institutions. In dialogue with EU representatives, COMECE reiterated the Church’s will to contribute to Europe’s global role for sustainable peace and integral human development.
Under the chairmanship of H.E. Mgr. Rimantas Norvila (Lithuania), the experts delegated by the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU focused on perspectives for the EU-Eastern Partnership, the EU-Africa relations and on the control of arms exports.
Discussions on the future of the Eastern Partnership were held in view of COMECE’s contribution to the public consultation recently launched by the European Commission and the EEAS. In this regards, experts of the COMECE Commission discussed ways to implement a fair and people-centered partnership.
On the same occasion, COMECE analysed how trade and private investment can positively contribute to sustainable human development in Africa and Europe.
In the context of a broader discussion on peace and security, the COMECE Commission on the EU External Relations exchanged views with EU officials on Church’s concerns related to illegal arms trade in order to make the current EU arms exports control mechanisms more effective.
In the coming months COMECE intends to contribute to the respective policy debates to foster EU’s engagement for the common good and its global role for sustainable peace and integral human development.