intercultural dialogue

Intercultural dialogue

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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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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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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.

 

 

Publications

Latest News

Mario Monti and Alain Lamassoure
Tue, 03/03/2015 - 16:25

EU own resources at heart of EU public power

The topic of EU own resources may seem technical, but is in fact at the heart of EU public power. Senator Mario Monti from Italy stated this on...
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Mon, 02/03/2015 - 20:45

EPP Group Vice-Chair Sandra Kalniete denied access to Russia

Sandra Kalniete MEP, Vice-Chairwoman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament responsible for Eastern Neighbourhood and Enlargement, was denied...
Madrid Train Blasts Cause Devastation
Mon, 02/03/2015 - 16:30

United against terrorism

The European Union has been under the spotlight of jihadist terrorism for some time. Madrid and London were targets a few years ago with terrorist...
Immigration drama: stronger burden-sharing needed
Mon, 02/03/2015 - 10:14

Immigration drama: stronger burden-sharing needed

The continued flow of refugees from conflicts and hardship requires better management and burden-sharing in the EU. The EPP Group calls for measures...

Highlights of the week

From 02.03.2015 to 06.02.2015
Toledo, Spain

Anti-terrorism measures and Digital Single Market on agenda in Toledo

Next week, from 5-6 March, the EPP Group Bureau will gather in Toledo (Spain) to address the EU's legislative priorities for the coming months in...
Refugees on a boat

Asylum: reinforcing a holistic approach

Monika Hohlmeier MEP and Roberta Metsola MEP, EPP Group Spokeswomen in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, have invited experts...
Financial Pie Chart - Euro

Own resources in the spotlight of EPP Group Network meeting with MPs

The EPP Group network meeting - Members of the EPP Group and national parliamentarians responsible for European Affairs - will debate the findings of...

Events

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Wed, 04/03/2015 - 15:00

EPP Group Hearing on Asylum: reinforcing a holistic approach

Sixth report on economic, social and territorial cohesion
Wed, 04/02/2015 - 15:00

Hearing: Sixth report on economic, social and territorial cohesion

The European Commission's 6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion shows that EU Cohesion Policy is...
Hearing on the Perspectives for the Single Market 2014-2019
Wed, 04/02/2015 - 15:00

EPP Group Hearing on the Perspectives for the Single Market 2014-2019