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:

Background - 33rd ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly session

9 Jun 2017 | The 33rd plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) will take place in St. Julian’s, Malta, from 19 to 21 June 2017.

Source : © European Union, 2017 - EP

Nieuwsitem - Winnaar Karel de Grote-prijs voor jongeren 2017 gaat naar Pools Erasmus project

23 May 2017 | Algemeen : Dit jaar werd de Karel de Grote-prijs voor jongeren uitgereikt aan een Pools project over het Erasmus-programma. De prijs wordt ieder jaar uitgereikt door het Europees Parlement en de Stichting Internationale Karel de Grote-prijs aan jongeren tussen de 16 en 30 jaar die betrokken zijn bij projecten om begrip tussen mensen uit verschillende Europese landen te bevorderen. De ceremonie vond plaats in Aken, Duitsland, op 23 mei.

Bron : © Europese Unie, 2017 - EP

Nieuwsitem - Plenaire vergadering: herplaatsing vluchtelingen, homofobie, Hongarije en Brexit

19 May 2017 | Plenaire Vergaderingen : Deze week sprak de secretaris-generaal van de VN de leden toe, werd er gedebatteerd over de Brexit en werd een resolutie over de herplaatsing van vluchtelingen aangenomen.

Bron : © Europese Unie, 2017 - 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