COMECE welcomes the new EU rules on Work-Life Balance allowing parents and carers to better reconcile their work and family lives. The agreement, which comes after three years of negotiations between the EU institutions, introduces minimum rules on paternity leave and supports EU citizens providing care to family members in need of assistance.
Four years after Pope Francis’ Encyclical letter on the “care for our common home”, representatives of European Bishops’ Conferences, as well as Catholic organisations and movements, held in Brussels the Second European Laudato Si’ Reflection Day on Wednesday 12 June 2019.”
Following last year Laudato Si’ Reflection Day, COMECE is pleased to invite you to the Second Laudato Si’ Reflection Day to deepen the discussion on the ecological conversion Pope Francis called for in his Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’.
COMECE expresses deep appreciation for the increased participation of EU citizens in the election of the European Parliament. With a turnout of 50.97%, the highest in 20 years, Europeans gave a strong signal to the MEPs they elected, thereby taking back control of their common destiny.
Following a demand of its Legal Affairs Commission, COMECE organised on 21 May 2019 an expert meeting to discuss the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its impact on Church activities after one year of application.
COMECE accompanied His Beatitude Cardinal Louis Raphaël Sako I, Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, in his 2-day visit to Europe addressing EU representatives and policy makers on the reconstruction of Iraq and the challenge of reconciliation among Iraqis.
COMECE contributed to a consultation launched by the European External Action Service providing recommendations on EU priority actionsto promote Human Rights and Democracy in the world. The COMECE contribution was elaborated in view of the renewal of the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy (2020-2024).