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.

Invitation

Documentary to raise awareness on conditions of minors in prisons

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) invites you to join the presentation of the documentary “Libertad” directed by Raúl de la Fuente, raising awareness on the dramatic situation of minors serving their sentences in the Pademba prison in Sierra Leone. The event will take place online on Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 12:30 (CEST). The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences … Continue reading »

Press Release

Bishops call for a renewed transatlantic partnership ahead of the EU-US Summit

Bishops from both sides of the Atlantic have released on Monday 7 June 2021 a joint declaration towards a renewed transatlantic relationship ahead of the June 2021 EU-US Summit. They encourage European and American policy-makers to work together for a stronger partnership at the service of a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. In view of the upcoming June 2021 EU-US Summit gathering political leaders … Continue reading »

Press Release

The Church calls on the EU to support Lebanese people amid crisis

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU (COMECE) calls on the European Union to support the Lebanese population in their struggle for the preservation of Lebanon’s identity and social fabric in the face of the ongoing multi-faced crisis. The COMECE appeal builds upon the concerns recently expressed by the Lebanese Church in a letter sent to the Bishops of the EU. The Assembly … Continue reading »

News

COMECE External Relations Commission: “towards more peace and human development in the EU Neighbourhood”

The COMECE Commission on the EU External Relations gathered to discuss the issues of EU’s Eastern and Southern borders on 20 April 2021. In dialogue with EU representatives, the Commission highlighted the important role of the EU in promoting lasting peace and sustainable human development in its neighbourhood. Under the chairmanship of H.E. Mgr. Rimantas Norvila (Lithuania), the experts delegated by the Bishops’ Conferences of … Continue reading »