Military Bishops in dialogue with the EU on human security

In the context of an increased attention to security concerns of European citizens, COMECE organised on Monday 8 April 2019 a first meeting between Military Bishops from across the European Union and EU military officials to enhance the cooperation towards a shared strategic culture across Europe.

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This meeting allowed them to exchange on their respective military realities and on the EU’s response to current geopolitical and security challenges.

Witnessing a loss of trust in multilateral mechanisms and an expansion of conflict environments, accompanied by an omnipresence of digital technologies, Church representatives encourage the EU to strategically focus its policies on longstanding human security and sustainable peace.

In dialogue with General Claudio Graziano, Chairman of the EU Military Committee, EU Military Bishops highlighted the need for pursuing an integrated approach by better articulating military measures with civilian peace-building instruments promoting human, socio-economic and ecological development. As worldwide networks deeply rooted in local realities, religious actors can provide an important contribution in this regard.

The event included a visit to the EU Military Staff, where Bishops were received by Major General Giovanni Manione to exchange on EU military missions and operations.

In the Church’s understanding, security is essential because it protects human life and dignity. True security can only exist through sustainable peace. As stated in the COMECE reflection “Whose security? Whose defence?”, if not focusing on the security of persons, families and communities – including the respect for human rights and the rule of law – merely technical security measures may allow or even lead to a new conflict.


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