Category Archives: Justice & Fundamental Rights


Respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights are the values on which the European Union is founded.
The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU is the fundamental text of reference for Union policies and initiatives.
COMECE closely follows policies related to justice and fundamental rights in areas such as equality and non-discrimination, data protection, family matters, rights of the child, child protection and EU citizenship.
COMECE is of the view that fundamental rights must have a clear and objective concept of human dignity as their basis, that the focus must be on the ethical implications of EU policies and legislation, and that considerations must be given to the way these latter may impact on the activities of the Church.
COMECE is assisted in this mission by a Legal Affairs Commission.

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President of EU bishops encourages participation and voting for “candidates and parties that will continue building a better Europe”

As the upcoming EU elections approach, the President of COMECE, Mgr. Mariano Crociata, readdressed the topic on Tuesday, 4 June 2024. He encouraged all European citizens, especially Catholics, “to go vote and to do so responsibly, choosing candidates and parties that will continue building a better Europe for all. The EU is not perfect, but we want to improve it together using the democratic tools … Continue reading »

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EVENT | Governmental responsibility and personal ethos

In the framework of “European Future Talks” on “Values and Europe”, former President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, will deliver a keynote on ‘Governmental Responsibility and Personal Ethos.’ The event will be held on Wednesday, 5 June 2024, from 18:30 to 20:00 (CET) at the Chapel for Europe, Brussels. More info Respondents discussing the subject will be Dr Michaël Bauwens (Department of Philosophy … Continue reading »

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NEWS | Churches affirm place of Christian values in European politics and society

As Europe prepares for the 2024 EU elections in June, representatives of various Churches gathered in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 15-17 May 2024 to highlight the role of Christian values in European politics and society amid growing secularisation. Mgr. Crociata stated: “Churches have the opportunity and responsibility of giving our societies the hope of not losing memory of the roots that bring life to the values … Continue reading »

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EVENT | Conference “Politics as an area for expressing Christian values” to be held in Thessaloniki

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) is organising a conference titled “Politics as an Area for Expressing Christian Values in Everyday Life,” scheduled on 15-17 May 2024, in Thessaloniki, Greece. The event is open to the public and includes the official signing of the Declaration “Europe, be yourself!”. Programme | Ceremony This event is held in cooperation with the Conference … Continue reading »