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Profile of registrant

Secretariat of COMECE (Commission of the Episcopates of the European Community)

Identification number in the register: 47350036909-69
Registration date: 07/10/11 17:30:06

The information on this organisation was last modified on 03/07/14 14:36:21
The date of the last annual update was 11/09/13 11:14:41


Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Secretariat of COMECE (Commission of the Episcopates of the European Community)
Acronym: COMECE Secretariat
Legal status: A.I.S.B.L.
Website address: http://www.comece.eu

Sections

Section: V - Organisations representing churches and religious communities
and more precisely: Organisations representing churches and religious communities

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Patrick H. Daly
Position: COMECE Secretary General

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Patrick H. Daly
Position: COMECE Secretary General

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 19 Square de Meeûs 
Brussels B-1050
BELGIUM
Telephone number: (+32) 2 235 05 10
Fax number: (+32) 2 230 33 34
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: The COMECE Secretariat carries out at the operational level the aims of the Commission of the Episcopates of the European Community (COMECE), namely in partnering the political processes of the European Union in the areas of relevance to the Episcopates of the EU Member States; in monitoring the activities of the European Union and informing the Episcopates in such matters; and in communicating to the European institutions and authorities the opinions and views of the Episcopates of the EU Member States concerning European integration. COMECE is formed by the member Bishops delegated by the Episcopate of each of the Member States of the European Union to represent itself.

The COMECE Secretariat, as a Church representation, fully supports the goal of bringing greater transparency to the legislative and policy-making process at the EU level, as an important element of a democratic society, and for this reason and in this spirit enters the present registration system. We recognise ourselves in the definition of ‘Organisations representing churches and religious communities’, as contained in the Agreement between the European Parliament and the European Commission on the establishment of a Transparency Register for organisations and self-employed individuals engaged in EU policy-making and policy implementation (“Legal entities, offices or networks set up for representation activities”). We also fully support the idea that Churches themselves are not concerned by the Register, as specified in the Agreement.

However, we would like to emphasise that the lobbying/interest representation terminology - still used in some parts of the Register in a generalised way (including in the present registration form under ‘Goals/remit’, second asterisk and under ‘Financial data’, point 3) - cannot be applied to us as a Church representation.

On the basis of Article 17(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, we are involved in dialogue with the EU institutions as a representation of a religious entity, having a specific contribution to make and a peculiar identity, status and dignity, not as a lobby group or interest representative or single-issue organisation. We see our contribution as being of a moral and ethical nature. This contribution is constantly inspired by the Gospel and by the Catholic Church’s reflection on the human dignity of each human being as created in God’s image. We operate on the basis of ethical values, in search of the common good, not in the name of ‘business’ or ‘interests’ (as typical features of lobbying and interest representation). Finally, we are not conditioned by third-parties' interests.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 12
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Patrick Hugh DALY 19/02/14 13/02/15
José Pedro DE SANDE E LEMOS RAMOS ASCENSAO 19/02/14 13/02/15
Alessandro CALCAGNO 04/10/13 02/10/14
Anna ECHTERHOFF 19/02/14 13/02/15
Jose Luis BAZAN LOPEZ 04/10/13 02/10/14

Activities

Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:


Cohesion policy package; General Data Protection Regulation; Future revision of the legal framework for the organisation of working time (revision of Directive 2003/88/EC); Horizon 2020 package; Clinical trials Regulation; Funding instruments concerning rights and citizenship, justice, health for growth, development, EU external action (ENP, EIDHR, cooperation with third countries); Common European Asylum System (legislative proposals); Family reunification directive (revision); Directive on entry and residence of non-EU national researchers, students, school pupils, unremunerated trainees and volunteers in the EU (revision); Proposal for a Regulation on jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions regarding the property consequences of registered partnerships; Proposal for a Regulation on jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regimes; Proposal for a Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation; Multiannual framework FRA Agency 2013-2017; Promotion of free movement of public documents and recognition of the effects of civil status records; European Tourism Label; Directive on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Budget
  • Climate Action
  • Communication
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Culture
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enlargement
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Food Safety
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Regional Policy
  • Research and Technology
  • Sport
  • Taxation
  • Trade
  • Trans-European Networks
  • Transport
  • Youth

Structure

Total number of members that are natural persons: 12
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:

Networking

Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.




Participation to an informal ecumenical group of Christian organisations working on migration and asylum issues.

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Total budget: 1,130,000
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 1,130,000
- donations:
- contributions from members: 1,130,000
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year:
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

It should be noted that in this section the word ‘members’ is meant to refer to the members of COMECE. As for the mention of ‘interest representation’ contained in the present section under point 3, we would refer to the considerations already made in the section devoted to ‘Goals/remit’.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.