3 March 2023

NEWS | Mgr. Hérourd at the European Parliament presents COMECE reflection paper on the Social Economy

28/03 - The President of the COMECE Social Affairs Commission, H.E. Mgr. Antoine Hérouard, presented the COMECE reflection paper on the Social Economy during a meeting held at the European Parliament and hosted by MEP Patrizia Toia. The document includes concrete proposals that, if implemented, could develop the full potential of the Social Economy in all EU Member States.
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📑 Read the document (ENFR)

NEWS | Legal Affairs Commission: spotlight on Media Freedom Act, parenthood, equality and the rule of law

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2-3/03 - H.E. Mgr. Theodorus C.M. Hoogenboom chaired our Legal Affairs Commission gathering legal experts from EU Bishops' Conferences. The meeting featured lively exchanges with EU officers on the proposed European Media Freedom Act, the Regulation on parenthood recognition, the EU rule of law toolbox and the proposal concerning strengthening equality bodies.
The legal experts also exchanged on Data Protection challenges and on trends and issues in the field of Freedom of Religion inside the European Union. The next meeting is to take place on 28-29 September 2023.
📷 Watch the photos of the Commission meeting

NEWS | COMECE Social Affairs Commission focuses on inflation, ethical investments and fiscal policy

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27-28/02 - H.E. Mgr. Antoine Hérouard presided over the Spring meeting of the COMECE Social Affairs Commission, held in Brussels on 27-28 February 2023. The meeting focused on high inflation, ethical investment, public finance and fiscal policy. It featured the participation of high-level Vatican representatives, including Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR – Vatican Bank), and Maximino Caballero Ledo, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy of the Vatican.
📷 Photos of the Commission

NEWS | Croatian newspaper on COMECE contribution to enhance security in places of worship

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28/02 - The Croatian newspaper Glas Koncila published a reportage on security in places of worship in the European Union. The reportage includes an interview with Alessandro Calcagno, COMECE adivser on Fundamental Rights. The article is written in Croatian.
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VIDEO CAMPAIGN | European Sunday Alliance releases a statement and launches a video campaign on a Work-free Sunday

03/03 - On the occasion of the European Day for a Work-free Sunday, the European Sunday Alliance (ESA) releases a statement and launched a video campaign to reiterate its call on political leaders to “establish a synchronised quality and social resting weekly time for workers in order to enable them to preserve their mental health”
📰 Read COMECE Press Release
📑 Download the Statement
📺 Watch Mgr. Hérouard's video contribution

EVENT | “Africa-EU partnership of equals: how can we get there? Is the Global Gateway fit for purpose?”

24/02 - COMECE and its partners invite you to participate in the conference “Africa-EU partnership of equals: how can we get there? Is the Global Gateway fit for purpose?”. It is an opportunity for frank, respectful and constructive dialogue amongst stakeholders with different perspectives on the Global Gateway’s strategy.
The event will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels (Room ASP-1G369) on Tuesday 7 March 2023 from 11:15 to 13:00 (CET). Online participation is also available. Registration is mandatory.
👉 Info, Programme and Registration

NEWS | COMECE in Ecuador listening to testimonies of people affected by extractivism and mining

14/02 - COMECE participated in a workshop organised by Iglesia y Mineria in Quito (Ecuador), listening to testimonies of local Church leaders and communities affected by extractivism and mining. These grassroots insights will nurture our advocacy for a strong EU Due Diligence Law.
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📷 Watch the photos of the workshop

EVENT | Chapel for Europe and Brussels' Catholic community organise a series of public events on "Women and Faith"

27/02 - The Chapel for Europe and Brussels' Catholic community organise a series of evenings on "Women of faith: realities and dreams" to tribute women working hard to make the world a better place. Free entrance. Language: EN/FR. The first evening took place on Wednesday 1 March.
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NEWS | Justice and Peace Europe launches its biannual concerted action

22/02 - Our partners from Justice and Peace Europe launched their Concerted Action dedicated to the theme "Facing our Fears and Reconnecting the World". The 2-year long initiative is inspired by Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter 'Fratelli Tutti' and it invites Justice and Peace commissions in Europe to continue their work on social justice, contributing to deconstruct fear and anxiety affecting European citizens. 📑 Read more

Next at COMECE

7 March
Inter-faith event on EU-Africa partnership to be held at the European Parliament. Info and Registration

9 March
A Caritas Africa delegation is to visit the Secretariat of COMECE. The visit is facilitated by Caritas Europe.

9 March
COMECE will meet with His Beatitude Mgr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.

22-24 March 2023
COMECE Spring Plenary Assembly to take place in Rome.


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