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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Posts Tagged ‘exclusion’

Poverty and social exclusion

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 3 ottobre 2010

‘Do not deny justice to your poor people’ is the title of a report presented today in the European Parliament by the main European Churches and their organisations. The text contains 14 political recommendations addressed to the EU and the Member States, which when implemented would ensure poverty in Europe would be drastically reduced. It was presented on the occasion of a conference that was opened by Mr Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, and attended by 150 participants. The text highlights the common experience and convictions of Churches, Caritas and Eurodiaconia; it analyses the various aspects, causes and effects of poverty; Finally, it presents the joint recommendations of Caritas Europa, the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CSC of CEC), the Secretariat of COMECE and of Eurodiaconia to the European Union institutions and to the Member States for a stronger social Europe. MEPs from the four main political groups as well as representatives of the EU Commission and of the Belgian EU presidency reacted positively to the proposals. After having published this reflection on poverty and elaborating joint recommendations, the four Christian organisations now offer EU policy makers permanent cooperation in order to reach the ambitious but necessary target of eradicating poverty on our continent.
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 links member churches and associated organisations of CEC with the European Union’s institutions, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, NATO and the UN (on European matters). Its task is to help the churches study church and society questions from a theological and social-ethical perspective, especially those with a European dimension, and to represent common positions of the member churches in their relations with political institutions working in Europe.

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A Signal against Poverty and Social Exclusion

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 gennaio 2010

The President of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe, CPCE, the Revd Thomas Wipf, welcomes the European Year 2010 against Poverty and Social Exclusion, which will be opened officially in Madrid tomorrow. The aim of the European Year is to encourage all sections of society to become involved politically in the struggle against poverty and social exclusion. “The protestant churches welcome the fact that the EU and its member states have declared the struggle against poverty as their central theme for 2010. From the beginning the churches have committed themselves to this European Year against poverty and social exclusion”, explained Wipf. “The social impact of the financial crisis is affecting ever more people in Europe. We hope that this year will be more than just a publicity campaign. The churches expect the EU and its member states to set themselves very concrete goals to be reached in the coming years for the overcoming of poverty in Europe and in the world.” In the next few days the EU is holding discussions on the reformulation of its economic, social and ecological targets for the coming decade. “In the protestant view the struggle against poverty is not limited to situations of material need”, Wipf said further. “Poverty and social exclusion can be felt everywhere where people are deprived of the chance to take part in social life, when a school system systematically disadvantages children from poor or migrant families or when after their training young people find no access to the work market.” In summer 2008 a survey among the 105 CPCE member churches in 29 countries had already emphasised social exclusion as the greatest social challenge for the protestant churches in Europe. The results of the questionnaire were included in the CPCE study “Stand up for justice” which at the moment is being circulated among the member churches for their reactions. The study is intended to work out criteria for the development of ethical judgments on social challenges. The results should help the churches to coordinate their action on the European level and so far as possible to speak with a common voice.

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