Churches and religious organisations carry out valuable work in several critical areas such as health, education, conflict prevention, peace building and poverty reduction in third countries. In the current EU legal framework and their respective instruments, they are eligible for EU funding. However, sometimes they have difficulty in directly accessing EU funds in development cooperation or humanitarian projects as they are qualified as non-partial or non-neutral organisations. The aim of this conference is to reflect on how to possibly improve the current situation, with full respect for the rules, principles and accountability standards.
Conference on churches and religious organisations’ accessibility to EU funding for cooperation projects
José Luis Bazán, Legal Advisor, Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), Brussels, and Filip Buff Pedersen, Project Leader, Danish Mission Council27.06.2017European Parliament in Brussels