8 July 2022

STATEMENT | COMECE on EP resolution on abortion: “no to higher ideological barriers and polarization, we must work for more unity among Europeans”

08/07 - COMECE General Secretary Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto regrets the adoption of a new resolution on abortion by the European Parliament. “We must work for more unity among Europeans, not to create higher ideological barriers and polarization”.
Press Release | Read the Statement: ENFRESDE

NEWS | COMECE welcomes EP resolution on indigenous and environmental defenders in Brasil

08/07 - COMECE welcomes the resolution adopted yesterday by the European Parliament on indigenous and environmental defenders in Brasil. The resolution draws attention to their tragic situation, stressing the importance of corporate due diligence to prevent grave human and environmental abuses.

NEWS | COMECE gathers Brussels-based Catholic organisations working with the EU

08/07 - Brussels-based Catholic organisations working with the EU institutions gathered at the Secretariat of COMECE to enhance their cooperation in the fields of ecology, migration, cultural heritage, education, and fundamental rights.

INTERNET | COMECE new website competing for the 2022 Eurid award. Vote for us!

23/06 - The new website of COMECE is competing for the "2022 Eurid Web Award in the "Laureals" category, which includes websites that represent educational institutions, charitable organisations and pan-European projects. Websites that will receive the greatest number of votes will move to the final round. Eurid is the nonprofit organisation appointed by the European Commission as the domain name registry that operates the ".eu" top-level domains.
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Art. 17 TFEU | COMECE and CEC Presidents meet with EP President Metsola to discuss key European issues

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29/06 - COMECE and CEC Presidents Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich and Rev. Christian Krieger met with Roberta Metsola and Othman Karas, President and Vice-President of the European Parliament. Mr. Karas is also responsible for Article 17 TFEU. Together they discussed the final report of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), as well the ongoing war in Ukraine and the implementation of the Article 17 Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU).
Read the Press Release | Photos of the meeting

NEWS | The COMECE Standing Committee meets with EPP President Manfred Weber

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28/06 - The COMECE Presidency met with MEP Manfred Weber, President of the European People's Party (EPP). The meeting was held at the COMECE Secretariat and resulted in a frank and fruitful exchange on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its consequences, more particularly on refugees and the energy crisis. They also addressed the follow-up to the Conference on the Future of Europe, including possible changes of EU treaties.
Photos of the meeting

Next at COMECE

3-16 July
Graz International Summer School Seggau to take place in Seggauberg, Austria.

7 July
COMECE will receive the visit of a CAEPR delegation. CAEPR is a Metz-based association of students and former students of the theology department of the University of Lorraine in Metz.

12 July
COMECE will participate in the Article 17 Dialogue Seminar organised by the European Parliament on the topic “Humanitarian response to the war in Ukraine”. Our delegation will include H.E. Mgr. Robert J. Vitillo, General Secretary of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), and Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, General Secretary of COMECE.

14 July
At the invitation of Mgr. Hoogenboom, President of the COMECE Legal Affairs Commission, the team of COMECE will visit the Archdiocese of Utrecht.


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