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Conference of European Churches wants lending to be responsible

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 dicembre 2013

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The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is urging lenders to act in a responsible way to ensure that debts can be repaid in a reasonable time period during a time when it said the unemployment of you people has become a “scandal”.”In the past, debt was seen as something to be ashamed of but now it has become a way of life for both governments and individuals, exacerbated by the fear of social exclusion,” the Governing Board of CEC said in a statement.”European churches are aware that poverty is a material deprivation and is also a threat to human dignity. It affects the self-understanding of people as created in God’s image and violates a person’s dignity,” the Governing Board which met from November 26-29 said in a statement on December 2.”The unemployment of young people in Europe has become a scandal,” the Board said noting discussions on this at other meetings of CEC.It noted that at the end of 2013 youth unemployment in the 28 nations of the European Union stood above 23.5 percent up by 0.4 percentage points from a year earlier.”But huge differences exist and there is still a growing divergence: In Germany (7.7 percent) and Austria (8.7 percent) youth unemployment is quite low, but in Spain (56.5 percent) and Greece (57.3 percent) even the official data are alarming,” said CEC.”This situation affects not only young people’s social situation and income; it robs them of the essence of their lives. The household incomes of families, employment rates and poverty percentages – the divergences in Europe are growing and the gap between so-called Nordic and the South and countries on the peripheries is deepening.””CEC said that in next year’s European Parliamentary elections, “There should be European debates on the reduction of poverty, inequality and divergences in Europe.””They must reflect solidarity with the common European good, the values for which CEC stands,” the CEC Governing Board said. It noted that poverty is one aspect of social exclusion and the prevention of full participation in daily life.”There should be European debates on the reduction of poverty, inequality and divergences in Europe. They must reflect solidarity with the common European good, the values for which CEC stands,” the CEC Governing Board said.

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