intercultural dialogue

Intercultural dialogue

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Searching for peace in the Middle East
Video
02.05.2016 - 10:37
Christian minority groups are being heavily persecuted by terrorist groups such as ISIS across the Middle East. In addition, large numbers are fleeing the conflict in Syria to countries like Lebanon.MEPs discussed the situation of this Christian...
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Press Release
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...
György Hölvényi
News
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...
Persecuted Christians in the Middle East (2011)
Press Release
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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Events

Events

Consequences of the conflicts in the Middle East on Christians and their future
27.04.2016 - 16:30

Consequences of the conflicts in the Middle East on Christians and their future

This conference is part of the Visit of Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rahi which takes place on Wednesday 27 April...
Interreligious Dialogue - The Albanian Case
26.01.2016 - 09:30

Interreligious Dialogue: The Albanian Case

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18th Annual Intercultural Dialogue
11.12.2015 - 15:00

18th Annual Intercultural Dialogue Conference

On Friday, the EPP Group's annual conference on Intercultural Dialogue will start in Prague. This year, it will...

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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
 
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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

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Manfred Weber, Chairman of the EPP Group and Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel
22.07.2016 - 12:39

EPP Group Chair Manfred Weber on Middle East visit

During a 3-day visit to the Middle East, Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, has called for closer cooperation...
EPP Group Plenary Briefing
19.07.2016 - 16:37

EPP Group Chair on 3-day trip to Middle East

EU cooperation with Israel on major common challenges, the political and economic situation, the refugee crisis and the peace process main focus of...
EPP Group May Plenary Briefing
17.07.2016 - 16:37

Turkey: Statement by Manfred Weber MEP

“I express my condolences to the families of the victims and reiterate my full support for the democratic institutions of Turkey. In these...
Liberté. Egalité. Fraternité.
15.07.2016 - 12:10

Attack in Nice: full solidarity with French

"We are deeply shocked by the attack in Nice. Words aren’t enough to describe the horror that happened last night in the South of France....

Highlights of the week

11.07.2016 - 15.07.2016
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Panama Papers Inquiry Committee starts its work

"We want to know who owns letter box companies", said Burkhard Balz, the EPP Group MEP who led the negotiations on the mandate for the...
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Adopting the 4th Railway Package

On Tuesday morning, members of the Transport Committee will vote on the agreement reached in triologue with the Council on the 4th Railway Package....
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Taking the first steps in EU gun control

The European Commission recently proposed amendments to the current EU Firearms Directive. The proposal includes elements that will enable the...