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2 June 2023

🇪🇺🇸🇪 SWEDISH EU PRESIDENCY | Delegation of European Churches meets with Swedish Minister Jakob Forssmed

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30/05 - An ecumenical delegation representing COMECE and CEC met with Swedish Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health, Jakob Forssmed, to discuss the implementation of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU.

📰 Press Release | 📄 Read COMECE-CEC Contribution

PRESS | COMECE President Mgr. Crociata speaks with the press on EU migration and asylum policies

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31/05 - While in Stockholm for the COMECE-CEC ecumenical delegation's meeting with the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the President of COMECE, Mgr. Mariano Crociata, spoke with the national press on migration and asylum EU policies, emphasising the need to respect the dignity and fundamental rights of migrants and asylum seekers at all stages of the process.
Mgr. Crociata also highlighted the positive contribution that Churches can give in strengthening unity in the EU, as well as tackling the phenomenon of loneliness.
The interviews are in Swedish.

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NEWS | COMECE welcomes EP adoption of position on Due Diligence: "It is a good first step"

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01/06 - COMECE welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament's position on Due Diligence. COMECE General Secretary, Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto: “It is an important first step towards a sustainable economy that serves people and respects the planet. We encourage the EU to uphold this ambition throughout upcoming negotiations”.

🔗 Read more about COMECE contribution on this topic

ELSiA | Church and civil society organisations welcome the EP’s adoption of the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

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02/06 - The European Laudato Si’ Alliance (ELSiA) welcomes the European Parliament’s adoption of the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive. In a statement, the Alliance welcomes the adoption of the Directive, remaining “hopeful that the proposed text will be supported and strengthened in the course of the inter-institutional dialogue due to start next week”.

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PRESS | Mgr. Crociata interview on the role of the Catholic Church in the EU

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01/06 - COMECE President Mgr. Mariano Crociata was interviewed by Italian magazine Città Nuova on the role of the Catholic Church in the European Union and the contribution of COMECE. The interview is in Italian language.

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MESSAGE | COMECE and CEC Presidents share a joint message for Pentecost

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26/06 - To mark the occasion of Pentecost, considering the impact of war in Ukraine, resulting in horrific physical, material and spiritual suffering, H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata and Rev. Christian Krieger, respectively presidents of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), issued a joint message.

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VIDEO | Catholic actors: “The European Year of Skills 2023 should be an opportunity to invest more in people”

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02/06 - On the occasion of the European Year of Skills 2023, COMECE and its partners organised on the 31st of May 2023 the dialogue conference: “Grounded in the Present, skilled for the Future”, addressing reskilling and upskilling in the context of the current challenges of the labour market and education in the EU.

📰 Press Release | 📺 Full video recording

EVENT | Join the Ecumenical Prayer for Peace and Christian unity to be held at the European parliament

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23/05 - In the context of Pentecost, COMECE and CEC invite you to join the Ecumenical Prayer event for Peace and Christian unity which will take place at the European Parliament on Tuesday 6 June 2023 from 08:00 to 09:00 (CET).

🔗 Registration is now open!

NEWS | Meeting of the COMECE Commission on Migration and Asylum focuses on the EU Pact

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01/06 - Our recently established Commission on Migration and Asylum, presided by Mgr. Josef Hal'ko (Slovak Bishops' Conference), gathered this week to dialogue with EU officials on the current status and future perspectives of the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum.

NEWS | COMECE holds its 5th annual Data Protection meeting

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30/05 - We are glad to have hosted the 5th edition of our annual Data Protection meeting, gathering EU Episcopates' experts. Dialogue with the EU focused on the Right of Access and Controllers/Processors. Discussions also addressed national legal developments, as well as the interaction between Canon Law and GDPR.

EVENT | Conference on “Syria – Humanitarian and Development Challenges of Faith Based Actors”

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02/06 - COMECE, L’Œuvre d’Orient and Aid to the Church in Need invite you to participate in the conference “Syria – Humanitarian and Development Challenges of Faith Based Actors: A Christian Perspective”, to take place at the COMECE Secretariat, in Brussels, on Monday, 12 June 2023, from 17:00 to 19:00 (CET).

🔗 Info & Registration

EVENT | Webinar on "EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy"

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02/06 - The European Laudato Si' Alliance invites you to participate in the webinar "EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy" to be held on Tuesday 6 June 2023 at 18:00 (CET). The event will features contribution by MEP Pernille Weiss, Sandra Dusch Silva, Adviser for Sustainable supply chains and clothes Christliche Initiative Romero, Marie-Jeanne Gaertner (RREUSE). It will also be an occasion to discovery "Moda re-" and "Lët'z Refashion", two initiatives by Caritas Spain and Caritas Luxembourg respectively. The webinar will be moderated by Stefan Lunte, General Secretary of Justice and Peace Europe.

🔗 Info & Registration

EVENT | Public debate on the upcoming EU-CELAC Summit to take place in early June. Registration is now open!

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12/05 - In view of the upcoming EU-CELAC Summit, COMECE invites you to participate to a public debate reflecting on ways to make the Summit an occasion to promote global justice and a partnership of equals. The event will take place in Brussels, in a hybrid setting, on Tuesday, 6 June 2023, from 16:00 to 18:00 (CET).

📎 Info & Registration

Next at COMECE

6 June
COMECE Standing Committee will take place in Brussels. The meeting is to be presided by H.E. Mgr. Mariano Crociata.

6 June
COMECE and CEC invite you to join the Ecumenical Prayer event for Peace and Christian unity which will take place at the European Parliament on Tuesday 6 June 2023 from 08:00 to 09:00 (CET). Registration is now open!

6 June
In view of the upcoming EU-CELAC Summit, COMECE invites you to participate to a public debate reflecting on ways to make the Summit an occasion to promote global justice and a partnership of equals. The event will take place in Brussels, in a hybrid setting. Info & Registration

6 June
ELSiA webinar on "EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy". Info & Registration

7 June
COMECE will receive the visit of a group of students from the Catholic University of Milan.

8-9 June
General Secretary to participate, upon invitation, in the EPP Group meeting taking place in Rome.

12 June
COMECE, L’Œuvre d’Orient and Aid to the Church in Need will hold the conference “Syria – Humanitarian and Development Challenges of Faith Based Actors: A Christian Perspective”. Info & Registration

15-20 June
COMECE President and General Secretary will participate, upon invitation, in the CEC General Assembly taking place in Tallinn, Estonia.

21 June
COMECE President Mgr. Crociata will visit the Secretariat and meet with the team.

22-23 June
COMECE General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto will participate in the CCEE meeting of the General Secretaries of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe, to take place in Tirana, Albania.
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