EU-CHURCHES: ATHENS, MEETING OF ECUMENICAL DELEGATION WITH CURRENT PRESIDENCY

A meeting between Greece’s deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of European Affairs, Dimitris Kourkoulas, and an ecumenical delegation took place in Athens on 10th January, to "discuss the key issues the Greek presidency of the European Union is going to address", first and foremost the problems of "social cohesion and migration", as explained in a notice posted today by the Commission of the European Union’s Bishops Conferences (Comece). "The Churches support the Greek presidency, in its decision to strengthen cohesion and develop the social dimension of Europe", the release reads. An appeal was made so that, in the attempt to solve the occupational crisis, "attention shall be paid to the quality of work", especially for young people, "to avoid uncertainty and the creation of a new, poor working class". As to migration, the emphasis was placed on the "lack of a European legislation", the need "to promote greater solidarity" in accepting migrants, and to provide "a more humane treatment" to migrants: dignity and rights "must be protected at all costs". The delegation, composed of members of Comece and the Church and Society Commission (CEC) of the Conference of European Churches, was asked by Minister Kourkoulas to keep such discussions alive at all times. ” “

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