intercultural-dialogue

intercultural dialogue

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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...
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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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Northern Nicosia
Mon, 14/10/2013 - 17:30
The EPP Group will discuss in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 17 and 18 October 2013 the role of religions in the peace-building and conflict resolution in the Mediterranean Region. The location of Cyprus, in a politically sensitive and volatile geographic area...
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Muslim Lifestyle
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 10:15
On 5 June, the EPP Group, in cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Indonesian Embassy in Brussels, hosted a high-level conference dedicated to presenting Indonesia’s model for providing religious freedom and...

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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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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.

 

 

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Latest News

Good teams make money
Fri, 19/12/2014 - 11:23

Investment plan is an opportunity Europe should use

“The European Council has given the green light to Jean-Claude Juncker’s investment plan. This is an important and strong signal”,...
Flag of Georgia
Thu, 18/12/2014 - 11:02

Association with Georgia forces Tbilisi to respect democracy

The European Parliament has approved the Association Agreement between the EU and Georgia making Georgia the third country of the Eastern...
European Parliament plenary round-up: Commission Work Programme 2015 - EU Budget - Conditional recognition of Palestine
Thu, 18/12/2014 - 10:59

European Parliament plenary round-up: Commission Work Programme 2015 - EU Budget - Conditional recognition of Palestine

European Commission presents 2015 work programme which will cut red-tape; Parliament passes hard-fought 2015 budget to address foreign policy and...
Leopoldo Lopez
Thu, 18/12/2014 - 10:55

Venezuela: EP condems authoritarian practices

The European Parliament today adopted a Resolution which goes firmly against the authoritarian practices of the Venezuelan Government. MEPs condemn...

Highlights of the week

From 15.12.2014 to 19.12.2014
Jean-Claude Juncker and Manfred Weber

EU investment plan summit

On Wednesday, Manfred Weber, the EPP Group Chairman, will lead the debate on behalf of the EPP Group on the preparation of the European Summit of 18...
Savings

Commission 2015 work programme

On Tuesday, the European Commission will adopt its work programme for 2015. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will discuss the programme with...
word budget

Seal the deal: EU budget 2015

On Wednesday, MEPs will give their blessing to the deal on the EU budget 2015 reached by budget negotiators for Parliament and the Council of...

Events

17th EPP Group Annual Interreligious Dialogue
Wed, 10/12/2014 - 14:30

The 17th EPP Group Annual Interreligious Dialogue

The EPP Group has been committed over the past decades to regular meetings with representatives of the historical...
Shopper Selecting Package of Ground Beef
Wed, 19/11/2014 - 18:30

European Meat Forum

Migration, Europe and the Economic Crisis
Tue, 18/11/2014 - 15:00

Conference on Migration, Europe and the Economic Crisis

The EPP Group will hold a conference entitled 'Migration, Europe and the Economic Crisis - The role of the Church...