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Rev. Dr. Sorin SELARU - Representing the Orthodox Churches to the European Union (in Ortodoksia 54/2015, Joensuu–Finland, pp. 54-80.)

 

Initiated in the beginning of the 1990s by the then president of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, the EU’s dialogue with religious and philosophical communities was seen as an important instrument of participatory democracy, which would allow for a holistic perspective on the European construction. Consequently, already in February 1993, Delors, at a meeting with European religious leaders, Delors was expressing his conviction that "we won't succeed with Europe solely on the basis of legal expertise or economic know-how. If in the next ten years we haven't managed to give a soul to Europe, to give it spirituality and meaning, the game will be up."

 

Thereafter the EU Commission established a regular dialogue with religious and philosophical communities throughout Europe. The President Barroso has strengthened the dialogue by organizing an annual meeting with high religious representatives and co-opting the two other presidents of the European Institutions (president of the European Council and the president of the European Parliament).

 
 
 
 
A step further was made in December 2009, with the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon (TFEU), which has lifted the dialogue from good practice to a legal obligation, enshrined in EU’s primary law. Thus, art 17
of the TFEU reads that:

1. "The Union respects and does not prejudice the status under national law of churches and religious associations or communities in the Member States.

2. The Union equally respects the status under national law of philosophical

 

and non-confessional organisations.

3. Recognising their identity and their specific contribution, the Union shall maintain an open, transparent and regular dialogue with these churches and organisations."  

 

The responsible Adviser for the dialogue between European institutions and churches, religious associations or communities as well as philosophical and non-confessional organisations is Ms Katharina von Schnurbein, member of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers.

 

 

 

The European Parliament also has a vice-president in charge with the dialogue with religious and philosophical organizations in the person of Mr László SURJÁN (Hungary).

 

 

 


 

     CROCEU - The Representations of the Orthodox Churches in Brussels (Ecumenical Patriarchate, Patriarchate of Moscow, Patriarchate of Romania, Church of Cyprus and Church of Greece) have come together and formed, since March 2010, a Committee of Representatives of Orthodox Churches to the European Union, in order to strengthen the Orthodox voice in its relations with the European institutions.

 

 


 

A. High religious leaders meetings

     June 16, 2015: Living together and disagreeing well

                            - Press release

                            - List of participants

                            - Photo gallery  

                  

                      - Press release

                      - List of participants

                      - Photo gallery

 

 

  • May 30, 2013Putting citizens at the heart of the European project in times of change

                     - Press release

                     - List of participants

                     - Speach of HB Patriarch Daniel: EN, FR, RO.

                     - Photo gallery

 

                    - Press release

                    - List of participants

                    - Photo galleries: 1 and 2

 

 

                        - Press release

                        - List of participants

                        - Photo gallery

 

  •  July 19, 2010: The fight against poverty and social exclusion

                        - Press release

                        - List of participants

 

 

  • May 11, 2009: Ethical contributions for European and global economic governance

                        - Press release

                        - List of participants

  • May 8, 2008: Climate change and reconciliation

                        - Press release

                        - List of participants

  • May 15, 2007: Building a Europe based on human dignity

                        - Press release

  •  May 30, 2006: Fundamental rights and mutual respect

 

  •  July 12, 2005: European integration and the way towards the European Constitution

                        - Press release

 


 

B. Seminars, conferences and other meetings

         

 

 
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