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 - European Pillar of Social Rights: call for highest possible common standards

26 Apr 2017 | Plenary sessions : Common EU-wide social rights, as proposed by the European Commission, the “European Pillar of Social Rights”, should be pegged at the highest level and not lead to a “race to the bottom”, MEPs stressed in a debate on Wednesday.

Source : © European Union, 2017 - EP

Press release - MEPs advocate reviewing EU - Turkey relations and suspending EU accession talks

26 Apr 2017 | Plenary sessions : Europe is not closing the door to Turkey, but recent developments prompt it to look for alternatives to Turkey’s accession to the EU, said MEPs in a debate with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn on Wednesday.

Source : © European Union, 2017 - EP

Persbericht - Parlement discussieert met Orbán over situatie in Hongarije

26 Apr 2017 | Plenaire Vergaderingen : Leiders van de politieke fracties hebben hun mening gegeven over de nieuwe onderwijswet in Hongarije, die de Central European University (CEU) lijkt te viseren, de strengere regels voor ngo's en asielzoekers en een regeringsonderzoek met de titel "Nationale raadpleging - Stop Brussel".

Bron : © Europese Unie, 2017 - 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