intercultural dialogue

Intercultural dialogue

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Press Release
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Tue, 21/04/2015 - 17:54
Following the visit of spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to the European Parliament on 21 April, Alojz Peterle MEP, co-host of the event, said: “Sri Sri has helped to transform the lives of many, without changing their spiritual...
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György Hölvényi
Wed, 28/01/2015 - 17:30
Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Europe became united in deep mourning. Europeans felt threatened not only as individuals but also collectively, as a community - a very natural initial reaction to the tragedy. Though our mourning...
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Persecuted Christians in the Middle East (2011)
Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:40
"The IS is a threat to neighbouring countries but also for the Mediterranean region as a whole, including EU countries", said EPP Group Vice-Chairwoman Mariya Gabriel. The 17th EPP Group Annual Interreligious Dialogue on the...
Press Release
Northern Nicosia
Tue, 15/10/2013 - 21:05
The EPP Group will discuss in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 17 and 18 October 2013 the role of religions in the process of peace building and conflict resolution in the Mediterranean Region. “At a time when violence and social hostility against...

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Why intercultural dialogue is important

Intercultural Dialogue

Daily events in the world and in Europe continuously highlight the fundamental importance of churches and religious communities in resolving conflict and social peace both on a regional and on a local level. Religious institutions in many ways help create, communicate and protect societal values. By doing so, they exert a significant amount of direct and indirect influence on society. Churches do not operate by themselves but through the people who belong to them. So when we speak about churches, we are not speaking only about institutions, but also about hundreds of millions of people around the world who are believers.

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Manfred WEBER
Chairman of the EPP Group
 
Supported by
Jan OLBRYCHT
 
 
Staff
 
 

It is important for the EPP Group (Christian-Democrats) to keep contact with the representatives of various religious groups while mutually acknowledging each others’ independence. The EPP Group is the only Group in the European Parliament which has a long-standing dialogue with monotheistic religions such as Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Islam and the Jewish faiths.

In contemporary European and global politics, there are numerous problems that can only be solved by broad social cooperation. The financial crisis, the ever-increasing social tensions and issues related to migration are all global challenges that we are faced with today. It is important for the EPP Group to have knowledge about the thoughts and activities of various religious organisations relating to these issues.Freedom of religion is a basic right. Whether it is speaking against mass persecution of Christians in countries of the Arab Spring, or about helping the increasing numbers of Islamic communities relocating to Europe find their place in the scheme of European principles and values, the EPP Group believes that it is its duty to defend the right to freedom of religion, to openly discuss these issues, bring them closer to the public eye and into the mainstream of European debates. We can only live up to this enormous challenge if we seek opportunities for dialogue and cooperation with the religious communities involved.

The tradition of dialogues started in April 1996 in Constantinople (Istanbul) with HH the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. The fundamental aim of this dialogue, which is to date also enshrined as a legal basis of Article17 of the Lisbon Treaty, is a common responsibility for Europe. Clause 3 of this Article reads:

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

Consequently, both politics and churches need to continuously adapt and refine their actions in order to respond to new challenges.

 

 

Our activities

Through our activities, we build upon a long tradition and commitment to dialogue with churches and religious organisations. Several hundred people, including Members of the European Parliament, religious leaders, government representatives, invited guests and the interested public participate every year at our conferences on religious dialogue. These annual conferences are high-level two-day events that take place once a year outside Brussels and discuss current issues pertinent to intercultural dialogue and the dialogue between religion and politics.

Contacts with highly-respected experts from churches are continuously widened through other public and internal meetings. We organise public hearings on current affairs that fall within the scope of religious dialogue. We also hold internal meetings of the EPP Group Working Group on Intercultural Dialogue where we discuss issues with ecclesiastical leaders and religious experts from around Europe and beyond.

 

 

Publications

Latest News

Taneli Tikka
Thu, 16/07/2015 - 17:30

EU Budget and SMEs: private sector should take the lead

To put it simply, there are three things that matters for small businesses and start-ups: financing, financing and financing. It might sound...
Owner of a cafe showing open sign
Thu, 16/07/2015 - 12:42

How to register a company for one Euro?

In the future, it will be possible to set up a company for one Euro and through online registration. This is the aim of a proposal adopted today in...
Freedom Of Speech
Thu, 16/07/2015 - 10:32

Fair trial for Australian Al-Jazeera journalist

Members of the EPP Group have called on the Egyptian authorities to ensure that Australian Al-Jazeera journalist and Latvian citizen Peter Greste...
Juncker investment plan, youth employment, migration, trade, energy and anti-terror top priorities for EPP Group
Thu, 16/07/2015 - 10:15

Juncker investment plan, youth employment, migration, trade, energy and anti-terror top priorities for EPP Group

Boosting the economy, jobs, energy, trade and anti-terror have been top priority issues for the EPP Group since the European Parliament elections...

Highlights of the week

From 13.07.2015 to 17.07.2015
Man a airport security checkpoint

Passenger Name Records

On Wednesday, the Civil Liberties and Home Affairs Committee will vote on the setting-up of an EU Airline Passenger Name Records system. Before the...
Erase Tax

Addressing tax avoidance of big multi-national companies

On Monday, in Parliament's Special Committee on Tax Fairness, a meeting with the Finance Ministers from France, Germany, Spain and Italy is...
Monetary crop

CAP: Simpler rules to save money

On Tuesday, the Budgetary Control Committee will vote on the Petri Sarvamaa Report on ‘Protecting the financial interests of the Union: Towards...

Events

Cohesion Policy and the Review of the EU 2020 Strategy
Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:00

Cohesion Policy and the Review of the EU 2020 Strategy

Data Driven Security
Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:00

Hearing on Data Driven Security

To register, or for further information, contact oana-alexandra.popescu@europarl.europa.eu or agnieszka.wawrzyk@...
Good Administrative Behaviour
Wed, 01/07/2015 - 14:30

Good Administrative Behaviour

Article 41 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the Union enshrines a legally-binding "right to good...