intercultural dialogue

Intercultural dialogue

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György Hölvényi MEP, Jan Olbrycht MEP
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02.05.2017 - 09:45
The EU is a leading defender of religious freedom but must increase its efforts to prevent intolerance. A robust review of the EU’s Guidelines on the Freedom of Religion or Belief is one concrete way to do that, according to Co-Chairs of the...
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02.05.2017 - 09:45
Open, constructive and respectful interreligious dialogue can play a positive role in combating negative religious stereotyping, hatred, incitement, violence and extremism, attendees heard at the annual meeting between the EPP Group and the...
György Hölvényi MEP
News
28.03.2017 - 14:45
"Everything must be done to end the Syrian war, to end the bloodshed and bring peace to Syria, so that the millions of displaced persons can return to their homes and rebuild their lives," said György Hölvényi, co-Chair of...
Persecuted Christians in the Middle East (2011)
News
16.03.2017 - 13:05
215 million Christians face religious persecution worldwide, EPP Group Members heard at a meeting with Michel Varton, Director of Open Doors, a leading NGO working to prevent the persecution of Christians, in Strasbourg today (Thursday). Co-Chair of...

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Events

Events

Peace potential of religions
16.05.2017 - 13:00

EPP Group Intercultural and Religious Dialogue conference on the peace potential of religions

The aim of the conference on the peace potential of religions, organised by the EPP Group’s Interreligious...
19th Annual EPP Group Intercultural Dialogue
20.10.2016 - 09:30

19th Annual EPP Group Intercultural Dialogue

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...

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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
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Jan OLBRYCHT
 
 
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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

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Mexico - EU flags
19.07.2017 - 17:13

EPP Group supports strengthening of EU-Mexico partnership

Members of the EPP Group Presidency are concluding their 3-day official visit to Mexico today. “We have had fruitful and inspiring...
Photo of EU-US map
17.07.2017 - 14:32

EPP Group Presidency on official visit to Mexico

This week, the EPP Group Presidency will be in Mexico on an official visit. From Monday to Thursday, a delegation composed of EPP Group Chair...
justice
13.07.2017 - 12:11

PiS government has crossed the red line of the rule of law

Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, and Esteban González Pons MEP, EPP Group Vice-Chairman in charge of...
word budget
12.07.2017 - 14:58

EU Budget 2018: Council is cutting its own credibility

“The Council’s position on the EU Draft Budget 2018 is in contradiction to its own political commitments. Member States are proposing...

Highlights of the week

10.07.2017 - 14.07.2017
Smart Borders

Smart Borders: better control of travellers

A new electronic Entry-Exit System to register all non-EU citizens coming to the Schengen area for a short stay will be voted on in the Committee on...
hands - handshake

Providing support for stability and peace in third countries

On Tuesday, Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee will give the green light to the use of EU funds to help the security forces in third countries...
EPP Group October I Plenary Briefing

Chairman's agenda

Saturday: CSU Party congress, Viechtach/Bavaria Sunday: Participation in a panel discussion, University of Passau/Bavaria Monday: Participation...