European Social Weeks

European Social Weeks

In the aftermath of 1991, the commemoration of 100 years of Christian workers' organisations, leading members of the Christian Social Movements in Belgium and The Netherlands independently developed the urge to europeanise the movement. Once they learned from these simultaneous inivitatives, they agreed to cooperate and started the ecumenical intiative of the European Social Weeks. Together with parties from France and Germany, the first European Social Week was held in 1997, in Brussels.

Since the European Community of Coal and Steel, where Europe forged peace and cooperation out of the materials that had been used for two devastating wars, we have come a long way. Standing within the Christian-social tradition, we feel a special urge for the future of Europe. After the success, we are now confronted with bad times. The ties that connect us in Europe are seriously being put to the test. We believe we cannot go back behind our national borders and focus first and formost on our national interests. We have to move on on the road of peace, cooperation, and solidarity. That road is not necessarily the one that leads us straight from where we are to the vanishing point on the horizon. There are different roads, so which road to follow? Hope for a better future has always guided people to where they want to arrive, and so hope for a better Europe is our guide.

News from European Institutions

European Parliament:

Press release - Commission Work Programme: Parliament debates EU priorities for 2017

25 Oct 2016 | Plenary sessions : MEPs want an EU work programme in line with genuine concerns and expectations of the Europeans. In their debate with Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Tuesday, they focused on the social dimensions of EU policies, investment, trade, migration and security.

Source : © European Union, 2016 - EP

Press release - Parliament clashes with Council on EU’s 2017 budget and MFF mid-term revision

25 Oct 2016 | Plenary sessions : Parliament debated both the mid-term revision of the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF) 2014-2020 and the EU budget for 2017 with budgets Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday afternoon. For the 2017 budget debate, MEPs were joined by Slovakia’s state secretary for finance Ivan Lesay, representing the Council Presidency.

Source : © European Union, 2016 - EP

Nieuwsitem - Parlement stemt woensdag over transvetzuren

25 Oct 2016 | Plenaire Vergaderingen : Industriële transvetzuren zijn te vinden in alles van fastfood tot koekjes, chips en margarine en ze kunnen slecht zijn voor je gezondheid. Wetenschappelijk onderzoek heeft zware consumptie van transvetzuren gelinkt aan obesitas, diabetes, onvruchtbaarheid, Alzheimer en hart- en vaatziekten. Het EP stemt deze week over een resolutie waarin wordt opgeroepen tot beperkingen op deze kunstmatig geproduceerde vetten.

Bron : © Europese Unie, 2016 - EP

ESW Network

Next European Social Week

Previous Social Weeks

Doorn, 2016: All things new — Forging radical evolution Social Dialogue with a future

Oostende, 2014: Europe, The age of responsibility

Bad Honnef, 2010

Bratislava, 2003: Perspectives -- The commitment of Christians and Christian Social Organisations in the construction of the European Union

Bad Honnef, 2000: Towards a European civil society -- Christian social visions

Brussels, 1997: Christian-Social Thought and Europe