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

Number of an ambulance
Mon, 27/04/2015 - 17:38

EPP Group supports eCall in vehicles from 2018

In the event of a car accident, the eCall system establishes communication with the European Emergency Services (112) providing a minimum set of...
Refugees Continue To Land On Lampedusa Island
Mon, 27/04/2015 - 09:53

We need a common European strategy to face the challenges of migration

Without any doubt, migration is one of the most crucial European problems, that challenges not only countries of the European South but the European...
Immigration: New trends and pressing challenges
Fri, 24/04/2015 - 12:23

Immigration: New trends and pressing challenges

How should Europe react and respond to the complex and mixed nature of flows of people from third countries who are trying to reach its borders? This...
Refugees Continue To Land On Lampedusa Island
Thu, 23/04/2015 - 16:10

Asylum Seekers: EPP Group calls for a binding quota

At its meeting in Milan today, the EPP Group Bureau has decided to call for the introduction of a binding solidarity mechanism for asylum seekers...

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From 23.04.2015 to 23.04.2015
Time July 28, 2014 pag.24,25 Mare Nostrum operation, Navy Fremm Bergamini, for the first time in this kind of operation, rescue shipwrecked 2014-06-07 © Massimo Sestini

Time for action on migration

The latest boat tragedies in the Mediterranean have  shown us yet again just how crucial it is for Europe to take a concrete stand on migration...
Terrorism

European security strategy

The European Commission will adopt on Tuesday afternoon the new "European Agenda on Security", that the Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris...
Young students

€1 billion available for Youth Employment Initiative in 2015

More than 7 million young European people between the ages of 15 and 24 are unemployed.  A legislative proposal by EPP Group MEP Elisabeth Morin...

Events

War and Peace 1945 - 2015
Wed, 06/05/2015 - 09:00

War and Peace 1945 - 2015

Register here In 2015, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The defeat of...
Apr
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Wed, 22/04/2015 - 15:00

Hearing on the protection of traditional minorities

 Small Businesses and Industry
Wed, 22/04/2015 - 15:00

Family businesses in Europe