Dialogue Seminar on Climate Change

With Article 17 of the Lisbon Treaty elevating dialogue between EU Institutions and churches, religious associations or communities, as well as philosophical and non-confessional organisations from simply ‘good practice’ to a […]

EU parliamentary mission to the Great Lakes

Towards an EU initiative on responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict and high-risk areas The European Commission will soon propose a legislative initiative on responsible sourcing of minerals originating […]

Strategies to confront Extreme Poverty in Europe

Contrary to popular imagination, not all politics is immediately and continuously conflictual. It is possible in all parliaments to cooperate across the lines of party or group ideology. In the […]

New EU law to stop natural resource trade fuelling conflict

A coalition of 59 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is calling on the European Commission to pass a strong law to prevent European businesses fuelling conflict and human rights abuses through their […]

Eurojess 2013: Secularisation in Europe

Eurojess is a network of Jesuits, and of our collaborators in our social centres and social institutes. Each two years Eurojess holds a congress, to which is also invited other […]

A Framework for the EU’s future Climate and Energy Policy

The publication of the Green Paper “A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies” marked the launch of a public consultation seeking input from Member States, other EU institutions and […]

Conférence sur l’initiative européenne sur l’approvisionnement responsable en ressources minérales provenant de zones de conflit et à haut risque

Cela fait maintenant quelques mois depuis que certains membres de la société civile se penchent sur la problématique de l’approvisionnement responsable en ressources minérales provenant de zones de conflit et […]

A decent life for all

It’s really something to praise the recent publication by the European Commission of the Communication entitled: “A decent life for all: ending poverty and giving the world a sustainable future“. […]

A Theology of European Citizenship: A Protestant Approach

The concept of citizenship refers to the life of men and women in a specific social and legal framework. Be this framework a national state or a supranational administration, such […]

A Theology of European Citizenship: A Catholic Approach

I speak of ‘a Catholic approach’ to citizenship: of course not a separate ‘Catholic theology’ of citizenship’. There is no separate Catholic body of thinking on citizenship, only characteristic emphases, […]

The Cyprus Bail-Out: a Comment

The Cyprus bail-out process was dramatic: according to some accounts even chaotic, because of the conflicting priorities of the contributing parties – the European Commission and European Central Bank, the […]

BANRO, seule compagnie minière actuellement active au Kivu

BANRO, compagnie aurifère canadienne, est la seule entreprise minière aujourd’hui active au sud-Kivu, en République Démocratique du Congo, où 124 autres compagnies détiennent des titres autorisant l’exploration du sous-sol. Cette […]

The Irish Presidency and the EU ETS

The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), launched in 2005, is “the cornerstone of the European Union’s policy to combat climate change” and as a “key tool for reducing industrial […]

Citizenship and Responsibility

Some people may suggest that politicians and public officials are faced with too many urgent and practical problems to let themselves be distracted by those fundamental theoretical questions best left […]

Acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize Award to the European Union

Address by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council & José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission at the acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize Award to […]