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.

Press Release

EU Bishops’ President appeals on Moscow Patriarch Kirill: “intercede with Russia to stop the war in Ukraine”

The President of the EU Bishops, Cardinal Hollerich, addressed a letter to Moscow Patriarch Kirill on Tuesday 8 March 2022 asking him to issue an urgent appeal to Russian authorities to immediately stop the hostilities against the Ukrainian people. In the letter addressed to His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, the President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European … Continue reading »


Cardinal Hollerich’s statement on the situation in Ukraine and in Europe

I am deeply worried by the latest reports of escalating military actions of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, opening up the alarming scenario of an armed conflict causing horrific human suffering, death and destruction. Today, peace on the whole European continent and beyond is facing a serious threat. On behalf of the Bishops of COMECE, I wish to reiterate our fraternal closeness and solidarity with the people … Continue reading »


COMECE welcomes EU financial assistance to Ukraine

Following Cardinal Hollerich’s statement on the ongoing tensions at EU’s Eastern border, COMECE welcomes the adoption by the EU of €1.2 billion assistance to Ukraine to provide swift support in a situation of acute crisis and to strengthen the country’s resilience. The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) welcomes the EU’s approval of an emergency macro-financial assistance operation of €1.2 billion … Continue reading »


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 »