Secretariat of COMECE (Commission of the Episcopates of the European Community)
V - Organisations representing churches and religious communities
Organisations representing churches and religious communities
Square de Meeûs, 19
(+32) 2 235 05 10
Mr Patrick Daly
COMECE Secretary General
Mr Patrick Daly
COMECE Secretary General
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 2014 Agreement between the European Parliament and the European Commission on the 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 the register does not apply to Churches themselves, as specified in the Agreement.
However, we would like to emphasise that the lobbying/interest representation terminology - still used in a generalised way in parts of the Register (at point 14, in the introductory sentence to the Code of Conduct; in various passages of the ‘Guidelines’ document) - 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 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.
Monitoring of the implementation of the EU Guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief; Decent working conditions and revision of the Working Time Directive; Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda/Sustainable Development Goals; General Data Protection Regulation; Future of EU home affairs policies/post-Stockholm process (particular emphasis on migration & asylum issues and on human trafficking); Future of EU justice policies/post-Stockholm process; Genetically modified organisms (GMOs): possibility for the Member States to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs in their territory; Horizon 2020 (with particular regard to projects on synthetic biology); Surrogacy (in relation to human trafficking); Arms control; EU trade policies; Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP); Circular economy; Climate change (including the Paris COP21 process); Review of the Transparency Register
Events: Debate on “Decent Work – The path to dignity for all - Creating decent jobs for poverty eradication through the Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (17 March 2015, at the European Parliament, co-organised with the Catholic Inspired Organisations/CIO); Seminar on “Surrogacy and Human Dignity” (23 February 2015, at the European Parliament, co-organised with the EPP's WG on Bioethics and Human Dignity); Dialogue Seminar on “Common Action to Fight Trafficking in Human Beings” (27 November 2014, at the European Commission, co-organised with BEPA and the Church and Society Commission of CEC-KEK); Evening debate on “Fighting against trafficking in human beings: a joint effort” (26 November 2014, at COMECE); Second Catholic Social Days for Europe (18-22 September 2014, in Madrid, co-organised with the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences/CCEE); Evening debate on “Young Europeans – We stand for sustainability and eco justice!” (9 September 2014, at COMECE, co-organised with the Church and Society Commission of CEC-KEK, Don Bosco International, Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe, Evangelical Church in Germany - Brussels office, The Federation of Protestant Youth in Germany, Rete Juventutis); Summer School in Seggau (1-12 July 2015, co-organised with the University of Graz and the Diocese of Graz-Seckau); Conference “Europe and the USA – free trade and joint responsibility?” (27-28 June 2015, in Mönchengladbach, co-organised with the Catholic Social Sciences Centre/KSZ)
Publications: Opinion on “Gestational surrogacy – The question of European and international rules” (COMECE Reflection group on bioethics)
Public relations and communication activities: “Europeinfos” newsletter; Press releases/press conferences; COMECE website; COMECE Annual Report 2014
Participation to the European Platform for Roma Inclusion
100%: 7 75%: 0 50%: 2 25%: 1
|First name||Surname||Start Date||End Date|
|José Pedro||DE SANDE E LEMOS RAMOS ASCENSAO||11/02/2015||05/02/2016|
|Jose Luis||BAZAN LOPEZ||22/09/2015||16/09/2016|
Participation to an informal ecumenical group of Christian organisations working on migration and asylum issues
01/2014 - 12/2014
1,250,000 € - 1,499,999 €
No funding received from the EU institutions during the last closed financial year.
It should be noted that in this section the word ‘members’ is meant to refer to the members of COMECE
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.