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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 250

European Social Market Economy

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 dicembre 2012

In this time of deep and severe financial, economic and social crisis, in which unemployment and poverty are rising in Europe and austerity programmes aggravate the social consequences for many people, a Dialogue Seminar on European Social Market Economy will take place on Friday, 14 December at the European Commission in Brussels. It is co-organised by the Bureau of European Policy Advisors of the European Commission together with the Church & Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CSC/CEC) and the Secretariat of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE).
The Treaty of Lisbon defines “a highly competitive social market economy” (Art. 3.3 TEU) as a goal for the European Union. In its State of the Union 2012 Address, President Barroso highlighted the social market economy several times as the European model of economy and a key principle to overcome the crisis in Europe. The term “social market economy” refers to the German economic model developed after World War II but also to other concepts of welfare state in Europe. Churches feel very much related to this model because it is balancing economic and social challenges, giving policy a high and irreplaceable value as a regulatory institution. At this time of the crisis more than ever, a debate has to be launched to which extend this understanding of economy, policy and society can help to overcome the crisis in Europe.
The Dialogue Seminar will therefore have a view on developments in different European countries to assess the contribution of social market economy and welfare state in facing the crisis. Finally it will discuss the commitment of churches to youth unemployment as an example for the contribution and involvement of civil society and social actors.
Keynote speakers at the Dialogue Seminar are Landesbischof Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Bavaria, invited by CSC, Bishop Gianni Ambrosio, Bishop of Piacenza-Bobbio, Italy, Vice-President of COMECE and Olivier Guersent, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Michel Barnier, Internal Market and Services.
Dialogue Seminars have a longstanding tradition in the cooperation between the European Commission and the Churches in Europe. Since their beginning in the early 1990s, they have proved to be a significant discussion forum for matters of common concern. They represent an important element of the open, transparent and regular dialogue between the European Commission and the Churches in Europe.
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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