Thursday 28. January 2021

The EU started to develop a Common Foreign and Security Policy with the Maastricht Treaty (1992). Moreover, in recent years, the EU intensified efforts to promote Human Rights outside its borders and it has played a major role in International Trade and Development Aid. EU Enlargement continues to be an important pillar of EU’s External Policy. Since 2004 a specific Neighborhood Policy was elaborated to establish good relations with neighboring countries. In the hope that a united Europe can take a stronger role on the world stage, COMECE together with Justice and Peace Europe aims to assist the EU in its vocation to promote global peace and assume its responsibility for supporting sustainable development and social justice across the world. COMECE is assisted in this mission by a Commission on the External Relations of the European Union

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20. January 2021

COMECE meets with EU Commissioner Várhelyi: “the Mediterranean as a place of peaceful encounters”

Press Release, 20/01/2021

A COMECE delegation met with Mr. Olivér Várhelyi, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, on Monday 18 January 2021, to offer policy recommendations on a people-centred and fair future Southern Partnership. The document presented to the EU Commissioner was elaborated by COMECE in dialogue with local Church authorities.

30. November 2020

Future EU-Africa partnership: Local communities play a key role in building resilience and human security

Webnews, 30/11/2020

"The human dimension could still be further strengthened in the actions put forward by the European Union in its partnership with Africa, on peace and security in particular”, stated Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, General Secretary of COMECE, on the occasion of the Webinar on the role of local communities in fostering human security and resilience in the future EU-Africa partnership, held on Thursday 15 October 2020.

13. November 2020

COMECE calls for a people-centred, sustainable and multilateral EU Arctic policy

Webnews, 13/11/2020

COMECE contributed to the EU public consultation on the future EU Arctic policy, highlighting the EU’s responsibility to ensure a  sustainable and peaceful  Arctic  that puts its  people  in the focus. The contribution was jointly elaborated with Justice & Peace Europe in dialogue with regional Church actors.

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