COMECE: MGR. VAN LUYN, "A SUSTAINABLE SOCIAL MARKET ECONOMY" IN EUROPE

Mgr. van Luyn recalls the Encyclical "Caritas in Veritate", the Christian concepts of man and society based on the "protection of human life from conception to death", on the "distinction between man and woman", on the sound "alternation between work and leisure" and, therefore, between weekdays and Sundays. "With the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union has undertaken to create a sustainable social market economy in Europe. Over the coming months, the European Institutions will be deliberating on a new ten-year strategy for economic and social development, set to supersede the Lisbon Strategy", he explains. A European Council decision on this matter is planned for the EU Summit to be held in Madrid in March 2010. In the meanwhile, "there is a proposal on the table that the COMECE Secretariat" should "organise a dialogue with representatives of the Parliament and the Commission on the image of humanity and society underlying this new strategy". "It would also be desirable for the Bishops’ Conferences to seek to make similar contacts in the Member States during the run-up to the Madrid Summit", concluded Mgr. van Luyn.” “

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