Category Archives: EU External Affairs

The EU started to develop a Common Foreign and Security Policy with the Maastricht Treaty (1992). Moreover, in recent years, the EU intensified efforts to promote Human Rights outside its borders and it has played a major role in International Trade and Development Aid.
EU Enlargement continues to be an important pillar of EU’s External Policy. Since 2004 a specific Neighborhood Policy was elaborated to establish good relations with neighboring countries.
In the hope that a united Europe can take a stronger role on the world stage, COMECE together with Justice and Peace Europe aims to assist the EU in its vocation to promote global peace and assume its responsibility for supporting sustainable development and social justice across the world. COMECE is assisted in this mission by a Commission on the External Relations of the European Union.


COMECE welcomes launch of EU accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia

The Bishops of the European Union congratulate Albania and North Macedonia on the opening of EU accession negotiations. Fr. Barrios Prieto: “a credible EU enlargement process is of strategic importance for stability, prosperity and peace on the European continent”. The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) congratulates Albania and North Macedonia on the opening of EU accessions talks officially lauched on … Continue reading »


High-level Ukrainian interreligious delegation visits COMECE

A high-level delegation of religious leaders from Ukraine visited the Secretariat of COMECE on Wednesday 15 June 2022 and exchanged with representatives of EU Churches and religious communities on perspectives for peace in their war-torn country and ways to support the Ukrainian population. Photo Gallery The meeting was organised in collaboration with the EU office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. The delegation was received by Fr. Manuel … Continue reading »


Catholic Youth Convention: Young European Catholics meet with Commissioner Várhelyi

The full video of the 2nd session of the 2nd Catholic Youth Convention on the Future of Europe is now available on our YouTube channel. The event, entitled “Sharing our dreams on the Future of Europe”, was held on Thursday 15 June 2022 by COMECE and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Watch the video It featured a dialogue meeting on ‘Youth and South-East Europe’ between young participants from all … Continue reading »

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COMECE to the European Council: “renew your efforts for peace in Ukraine and implement a credible EU enlargement process”

In a statement released on Friday 17 June 2022, COMECE urges the European leaders gathering for the upcoming European Council to “renew their efforts for peace in Ukraine and to implement a credible EU enlargement process.”  Read the Statement In the context of the ongoing geopolitical shifts dramatically accelerated by the Russian invasion against Ukraine, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union … Continue reading »


EU Military Bishops in Brussels discuss perspectives for peace

As part of its mission of dialogue with the EU institutions, COMECE gathered EU Military Bishops and experts of the Military Ordinariates on Wednesday 1 June 2022 to exchange on the current and emerging security challenges in Europe. Following the first meeting held in 2019, Military Ordinaries from EU Member States gathered at the COMECE Secretariat to meet with EU officials and national representatives to … Continue reading »

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EuropeDay 2022 | EU Bishops: “peace and stronger citizens’ participation”

On Monday 9 May 2022, on Europe Day, COMECE President Cardinal Hollerich praises the Conference on the Future of Europe and expresses hopes for further initiatives promoting citizens’ participation in shaping the EU. The Cardinal restates the Catholic Church’s commitment to continue being a faithful and honest companion of the EU project. On future EU membership: “Ukraine and all other European countries that have applied, … Continue reading »

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European Church leaders send letter to Putin and Zelenskyy calling for an Easter ceasefire in Ukraine

COMECE and CEC Presidents, H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ and Rev. Christian Krieger, sent a letter addressed to the Presidents of Russia and Ukraine Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday 11 April 2022, calling for an Easter ceasefire in Ukraine from midnight on 17 April until midnight on 24 April. Letter to Putin and Zelenskyy | Letter to Patriarch Kirill | Video from the … Continue reading »

Press Release, 08/04/2022

Leaders of EU Churches at the Polish-Ukrainian border call for peace and reconciliation

The Presidents of COMECE and CEC issue a special Easter message from the Polish-Ukrainian border on Friday 8 April 2022, invoking prayer and action for peace in Ukraine and beyond. “Let us continue to pray and work for justice, reconciliation and peace between people, cultures, nations.” Easter Message | Video| Photos H.Em. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ and Rev. Christian Krieger, Presidents of the Commission of … Continue reading »