intercultural dialogue

Intercultural dialogue

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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
 
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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

Latest News

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Tue, 07/07/2015 - 13:28

EU-US Free Trade Agreement key to fixing world standards

"Globalisation is happening. We in the EPP Group want to shape it instead of letting it pass us by", said the EPP Group's Shadow...
Real Estate Market
Tue, 07/07/2015 - 11:05

EPP Group wants Capital Markets Union to help SME financing

Capital Markets Union must tackle dysfunctions of financing models which became apparent during crisis “The EPP Group in the European...
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Mon, 06/07/2015 - 18:27

One for all: travelling through the EU with one ticket

Digital merger of multimodal transports connects Europe The EPP Group is striving to introduce one ticket or travel card for all modes of...
EU awaits new proposals from Greece, but will provide humanitarian assistance
Mon, 06/07/2015 - 17:10

EU awaits new proposals from Greece, but will provide humanitarian assistance

The Greeks' rejection of the EU bailout plan must be respected, but it is up to Greece's leftist government to make new proposals, says EPP...

Highlights of the week

From 06.07.2015 to 10.07.2015
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European Council – Greece

MEPs will debate with the Council and the Commission on the results of the European Council of 25 and 26 June. For Manfred Weber, Chairman of the EPP...
Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Latvian Presidency: efficient for Europe

On Tuesday, the European Parliament will present its conclusions of the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council. Over the past six months, many...
Transatlantic relations between EU and US

TTIP: win-win situation

In 2015, 90% of global growth will be generated outside the EU. 14% of the EU's labour force, or 31 million jobs, are dependent on the Union'...

Events

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@...
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

Persecution of Christians in the World
Wed, 01/07/2015 - 14:30

Persecution of Christians in the World

The Group of the European People's Party (EPP Group) has the pleasure to invite you to a conference organised by...