Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

The Conference of European Churches

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 20 ottobre 2012

“Though there are many peace activists in the world, who deserve recognition through a prize like this, it does not come as a total surprise that the European Union is awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize. The Conference of European Churches and its Church and Society Commission welcome today’s decision of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee and congratulate all who have contributed to the success of the European integration project,” Rüdiger Noll, Director of the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches, commented. “The Nobel Peace Prize is a reminder that today’s European Union started as a peace and reconciliation project.”“In as much as the Nobel Peace Prize is a recognition of how successful the European peace and reconciliation process is and was after the devastating effects of two World Wars, the prize is also a challenge for the future. Especially at a time of an economic and financial crisis, the decision of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee should serve as a reminder of the original raison d’être of the European Union and the core values of the European integration process. Most of today’s conflicts are not primarily conflicts between states, but within societies. Poverty, social marginalisation, access to resources and failed integration policies are often root causes for today’s conflicts. In this regard as well as in promoting peace and reconciliation in a global context the European Union has an important role to play,” the CSC Director added.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.
The Church and Society Commission of CEC provides a platform for the CEC membership to reflect on socio-ethical issues ecumenically and to involve them in common action and advocacy in relation to the European Union, the Council of Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations (in European matters). CSC operates as a forum for action, dialogue and ecumenical training in European affairs.

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