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EU leaders to cooperate more actively with religious organizations

Brussels, July 20 Interfax - European Union leaders state they are ready to a closer dialogue with religious organizations, especially in settling social problems.

Speaking at the meeting of the EU leaders with religious leaders held in Brussels, President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek said that they appointed vice-president of the European Parliament responsible for interaction with religious organizations.

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Communique of Orthodox Churches’ Representatives to the European Union (17.03.2010)

The task of the meeting was to discuss the participation of Orthodox Churches in dialogue with the EU institutions in view of the implementation of Article 17(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), which reads: Recognizing their identity and their specific contribution, the Union shall maintain an open, transparent and regular dialogue with these churches…”.

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Russian Church hails van Rompuy as first president of European Council

Acting representative of the Moscow Patriarchate at the European Union Archpriest Antony Ilyin "extremely positively" regards election of Belgian Prime Minister Herman van Rompuy as the first President of the European Council.

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Metropolitan Kirill presents the French version of his book ‘The Gospel and Freedom. Traditional Values in Secular Society’ in Brussels

Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, presented, on June 15, 2006, in Brussels, the French version of his book entitled ‘The Gospel and Freedom. Traditional Values in Secular Society’. Published by the Serf Publishers, the book includes the metropolitan’s interviews and fifteen articles devoted to such major problems of today as dialogue of liberal and traditional values, human rights and moral responsibility, church and society, and social service of the Church. This is the first book to be published by a modern bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church in French.

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The President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and the Chancellor of Austria Wolfgang Schüssel Meet with European Religious Leaders

On 30 May 2005 the leadership of the European Commission met with 15 European religious leaders representing Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism.

The European Commission was represented at this meeting by its President José Manuel Barroso, the Chancellor of the Austrian Republic Wolfgang Schüssel, the Commission’s Vice-Presidents Margot Wallström and Franco Frattini, the Commission members Jan Figel and Vladimir Spidla, as well as the political advisor to the Commission’s President Michael Weninger.

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Consecration of the Patriarchal Church of the Holy Trinity and Premises of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions in Brussels

The consecration of the Holy Trinity patriarchal representation church in Brussels and adjacent premises of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Representation to the European international organizations took place on March 30, 2003.

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Visit of Her Majesty Queen Paola of the Belgians to the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions and the Holy Trinity church

On 19 January 2003, the feast of the Epiphany, Her Majesty Queen Paola of the Belgians visited the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions in Brussels and attended the ceremony of the great blessing of the waters at the newly opened Church of the Holy Trinity.

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