On the occasion of the final adoption of the 7th Research Framework Programme on 18 December and of the Specific Research Programmes on 20 December 2006, Mgr. Noel Treanor, Secretary General of COMECE, made the following statement:
This Monday, 11 December 2006, Bishop van Luyn, President of COMECE, has sent a contribution of the Member Bishops of COMECE entitled “Common values – the living source of the European project” to the leaders of the EU Institutions.
Churches and church-related Organisations, such as Caritas and Diaconia, are major providers of social and healthcare services in the European Union. In a Dialogue Seminar with the European Commission they underlined their particular commitment to provide social and healthcare services in order to serve European citizens and the common good of the EU.
Afin de marquer le 50ième anniversaire de la signature du Traité de Rome, la COMECE (Commission des Episcopats de la Communauté Européenne) organise un Congrès européen du 23 au 25 mars 2007 à Rome, qui rassemblera des évêques, des membres de mouvements catholiques et de communautés religieuses catholiques pour débattre des valeurs sur lesquelles l’Union européenne est basée.
During a press conference held yesterday in the secretariat of the COMECE in Brussels, Mgr Noel Treanor, Secretary General of the Commission of the Bishops Conferences of the EU, presented the “Comité des Sages” established by COMECE to help prepare the Congress which will take place in Rome from 23-25 March 2007 . This Congress will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty of Rome. The committee of Wise persons made up of 25 eminent Europeans from 20 member states (see the list attached) is tasked with preparing a report on the values upon which the European Union is based. The Bishop members of COMECE hope that this report will provide a more explicit presentation of the values which are the basis of the process of building Europe.
In view of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which will take place on 25 March 2007, the Bishops of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) have called together a Comité des Sages and assigned it with the preparation of a report on the significance of ethical values for the European unification. The Bishops hope the report will give a new impulse to developing a civic sense of Europe as a community of values.