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:

Persbericht - EU begroting 2017: betere ondersteuning voor jongeren- en groei-initiatieven

1 Dec 2016 | Plenaire Vergaderingen : Voor de begroting van volgend jaar verzekerden de Parlementsleden een betere ondersteuning voor werkloze jongeren en bijkomende fondsen voor belangrijke initiatieven die KMO’s ondersteunen, projecten rond transportinfrastructuur, onderzoek en Erasmus+ studentenmobiliteit. Het bedrag aan vastleggingskredieten in de begroting van 2017 bedraagt €157,8578 miljard, en €134.49 miljard aan betalingskredieten.

Bron : © Europese Unie, 2016 - EP

Nieuwsitem - Jan Albrecht over EU-VS akkoord bescherming persoonsgegevens

1 Dec 2016 | Plenaire Vergaderingen : Het vertrouwen in de VS kelderde na onthullingen van het afluisterschandaal door Edward Snowden. Een akkoord over gegevensbescherming wat het EP vandaag aannam, zou moeten helpen om dit te herstellen. Het akkoord heeft betrekking op de overdracht van alle persoonlijke gegevens uitgewisseld over de Atlantische Oceaan bij de behandeling van strafbare feiten, waaronder terrorisme. Wij spraken met Rapporteur Jan Albrecht (Duitsland, De Groenen).

Bron : © Europese Unie, 2016 - EP

Press release - Parliament approves €31.5m in EU aid to repair flood damage in Bavaria

1 Dec 2016 | Plenary sessions : MEPs approved €31.5 million in EU aid to repair flood damage in Bavaria in a plenary vote on Thursday. Seven people died in the May and June 2016 floods, which affected more than 47,000 people in Lower Bavaria. Over 2,000 were still unable to return to their homes two months later. Hardest hit was the Rottal-Inn district in Lower Bavaria. The aid will come from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF).

Source : © European Union, 2016 - EP

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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