Daily Archives: Saturday, 5 April 2008

Cyprus checkpoint opened

Eurctiv: Opening of Cyprus checkpoint breeds reunification hopes




The European Union has declared the year 2008 “European Year of Intercultural Dialogue”. The initiative aims at reinforcing social cohesion and civic peace in Europe. It stems from the acknowledgement that Europeans must learn to live together in diversity increased by circulation of people and ideas. An important aspect of this increased diversity is the growth of the number of people of Muslim origin in a traditionally majority Christian space. With regard to EU’s external policy, the year 2008 seeks, among other things, to develop EU’s relations with Mediterranean partner countries, anchored in the Arab-Muslim civilisation.

As a part of their contribution for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), the Church and Society Commission (CSC) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), in association with Muslim partners, will organise a series of seminars under the overall theme of “Islam, Christianity and Europe”.

  • The target audience of the seminars are EU politicians and civil servants. The main rationale is to expose the complexity of issues linked to Islam, Christianity and Europe and by doing that to question stereotypes.
  • Each seminar is to be arranged in the form of a panel discussion with a moderator, an academic expert, a Muslim speaker, a Christian speaker and a Member of the European Parliament in charge of the synthesis.
  • The seminars will be hosted by the European Parliament in Brussels
  • Translation: EN/FR/DE.

17 April, 15:00-17:00
Intercultural dialogue: response to which problems?
Christian and Muslim perspectives

29 May, 15:00-17:00
Visibility of religion in the European public space:
the question of worship places and religious symbols in clothing

3 July, 15:00-17:00
‘Christian Europe’ and Islam in Europe

11 September, 15:00-17:00
The external relations of the European Union with Muslim countries and international responsibility of religious communities

Further information:
Mr Vincent Legrand vincent.legrand@comece.org
Ms Elina Eloranta elo@cec-kek.be