Social & Economic Policies
In 1957 the six founding nations of the European Economic Community set out to create a common market with a common competition and trade policy. This project remains central to the European Union. Under the terms of the Maastricht Treaty a monetary union dimension was added to the project. Today, the Treaty of the European Union requires in art 3,3 the EU to become “a highly competitive social market economy”. COMECE has welcomed the inclusion of this goal and recommended balancing responsibility and solidarity in the Euro zone. The COMECE Secretariat follows socio-ethical questions raised by the process of European integration in the field of social and economic policy. COMECE is assisted in this mission by a Commission on Social Affairs.
10. July 2018
The COMECE Social Affairs Commission gathered on 21 June 2018 to exchange with EU officials on three current social issues of particular interest for the Church in Europe: the EU Work-life Balance package, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 and the Future of Work.
07. June 2018
Press Release, 07/06/2017
The first Laudato Si' Reflection Day took place in Brussels on 6 June with more than 70 representatives of the European Bishops' Conferences, Catholic organisations and movements. Together they expressed their support for a sustainable financial system in Europe and the Church.
28. May 2018
Together with the Catholic Centre for Social Science (KSZ), COMECE co-sponsors a 2-day reflection event “Populism and renationalisation – a test for Europe and its democracies” that will take place in Mönchengladbach, Germany, on 14-15 June 2018.