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Comece: assembly on the future of the EU. “Put the person back to the centre of European politics”

(Brussels) The bishops of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) are debating the future of Europe in Brussels during their plenary assembly in spring, next 29-31 March. “They will analyse the main challenges in today’s Europe, together with a few experts”, says the note made known by the Office. During the assembly, the following speeches are scheduled: MEP Sylvie Goulard (Alliance of Democrats and Liberals for Europe); Jérôme Jamin, director of the Democracy Centre (University of Lüttich); Luuk van Middelaar from the Catholic University of Leuven. The plenary assembly is taking place after the meeting, during the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, with Pope Francis and the heads of State and government, in Rome, next 24 March, as well as President of COMECE Card. Reinhard Marx. Moreover, the reflections of bishops will include the European Congress set up at the Vatican by COMECE and the Holy See next autumn (27-29 October). “Put the person back to the centre of European politics: that is the message of the Church”, it is said in the note. That will be the message which Card. Marx and Rev. Christopher Hill – President of the Conference of European Churches (KEK) – will bring to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker in the meeting next 31 March. Because “European bishops think the EU is a highly important project of peace”.

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