Churches and religious organisations’ accessibility to EU funding for cooperation projects

27.06.2017 - 16:30
- 27.06.2017 - 18:30
Last Updated: 29.06.2017 - 12:33
ASP 5H-1, European Parliament, Brussels

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.

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György HÖLVÉNYI, Co-Chair of the EPP Group Working Group on Intercultural and Religious Dialogue
First Panel
International & EU standards: partnerships between international organisations and faith-based organisations on development and humanitarian projects
José Luis Bazán, Legal Advisor, Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), Brussels
Peter Pavlovic, Study Secretary, Conference of European Churches (CEC), Brussels
Second Panel
States and faith-based organisations’ partnerships on development and humanitarian aid
Tamás Török, Deputy State Secretary responsible for helping persecuted Christians, Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources (EMMI)
Filip Buff Pedersen, Project Leader, Danish Mission Council
Thomas Lawo, Senior Adviser, PaRD Secretariat, International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development, c/o Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Third Panel
The EU perspective on partnerships and funding faith-based organisations’ development or humanitarian projects
Stefano Manservisi, Director-General, DG DEVCO, European Commission
Chiara Gariazzo, Director, General Affairs, DG ECHO, European Commission
Marcela Szymanski, Head of Brussels Office, Aid to the Church in Need
Jan OLBRYCHT, Co-Chair of the EPP Interreligious Dialogue & Intercultural Activities Service


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