Justice & Fundamental rights
Respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights are the values on which the European Union is founded. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU is the fundamental text of reference for Union policies and initiatives. COMECE closely follows policies related to justice and fundamental rights in areas such as equality and non-discrimination, data protection, family matters, rights of the child, child protection and EU citizenship. COMECE is of the view that fundamental rights must have a clear and objective concept of human dignity as their basis, that the focus must be on the ethical implications of EU policies and legislation, and that considerations must be given to the way these latter may impact on the activities of the Church. COMECE is assisted in this mission by a Legal Affairs Commission.
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15. July 2019
Press Release, 15/07/2019
An ecumenical delegation composed of representatives from the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) met in Helsinki on Friday 12 July 2019 with Mr. Pekka Haavisto, Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs, to exchange on the priorities of the Finnish Presidency of the EU Council.
09. July 2019
On July 3, 2019, COMECE co-organised together with Don Bosco International and the Baha'i International Community a dialogue meeting on “Human Rights & Religion” with the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the participation of Churches and religious communities (Article 17 TFEU), as well as of faith-based organisations (Article 11 TEU).
14. June 2019
Following the May 2019 elections of the European Parliament, the COMECE Presidency met with Pope Francis on Thursday 6 June 2019 to discuss on future challenges for the Church’s dialogue with the EU.