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 - Parliament’s presidential election: candidates’ presentations

17 Jan 2017 | Plenary sessions : The election of a new European Parliament President began with three-minute speeches by the six candidates, outlining their ideas on how to lead the chamber over the next two and half years. Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE) withdrew his candidature before the vote. MEPs then proceeded to cast their votes in the first round.

Source : © European Union, 2017 - EP

Nieuwsitem - Het Europees Parlement kiest een nieuwe Voorzitter

16 Jan 2017 | Plenaire Vergaderingen : De tweede helft van de zittingsperiode van dit Parlement is gkeomen en dat betekent dat er een opvolger moet worden gekozen voor de huidige EP-Voorzitter Martin Schulz. Deze verkiezing wordt op dinsdag 17 januari gehouden. Het Parlement kiest ook de veertien ondervoorzitters en vijf quaestoren. Lees verder voor meer informatie wat zij doen en hoe zij worden verkozen.

Bron : © Europese Unie, 2017 - EP

Persbericht - Opening van de plenaire zitting: minuut stilte voor Mário Soares

16 Jan 2017 | Plenaire Vergaderingen : Bij de opening van de plenaire zitting vroeg voorzitter Schulz een minuut stilte voor de voormalige Portugese politicus Mário Soares, die op 7 januari overleed. "De heer Soares streed tegen onderdrukking en dictatuur in Portugals om de overgang naar democratie en toetreding tot de Europese Gemeenschap te realiseren. Het is onze taak om zijn nalatenschap te eerbiedigen en te beschermen", zei Martin Schulz.

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