In cooperation with the Centre for Catholic Social Science (KSZ), COMECE held on 18 and 19 May its social-ethical talks in Mönchengladbach/Germany. At the two-day meeting, about 80 scholars, politicians and representatives of the Church and its organisations exchanged their views on the topic of "Integration as a challenge - Living together in Europe".
What are the roots causes of migration and how can the EU help improving the prospects of Africa's youth? During the lunch debate, MEP Michael Gahler and Jean-Louis Villewill discuss the current EU initiatives in the framework of the Valletta Action Plan and assess what Europe can do further to address the push factors of migration.
Pope Francis met COMECE Standing Committee at the Vatican City last Tuesday in preparation of “Rethinking Europe”, the major high-level Forum of Dialogue that COMECE is organizing in collaboration with the Holy See in Rome on October 2017.
The Plenary of the European Parliament has approved the CULT Committee decision to enter into negotiations with the Council and the Commission on the revision of the Audiovisual Media Service Directive. COMECE welcomes this vote and encourages the EU institutions to prioritise child protection in the forthcoming negotiations.
COMECE hosted a meeting on resilience, a notion that has become increasingly important in the discourse on the European peace and security policy. 25 representatives of Churches and faith-based organisations reflected jointly on this concept and on ways of putting it into practice.
This year's social-ethical talks will be held on 18 and 19 May 2017. The theme of the joint meeting of KSZ and COMECE is "The challenge of integration - Living Together in Europe". Since 2011, KSZ and COMECE have been jointly organising the Mönchengladbach (Germany) social-ethical talks with their orientation on European policies.