Wednesday 28. June 2017
Martin Maier

The European Union - drawing on its past to confront its future

On 25 March the European Union Heads of State or Government met in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaties and to set in motion a new process of reflection on the future of the EU 27.

European Union

What are the aims of the European security and defence policy?

In view of current strategic uncertainties, the EU has no choice other than to strengthen its security and defence policy, whilst at the same time continue to prioritise its peaceful strategies.

Church in Europe

Humanitarian corridors for refugees

On 14 March, an agreement was signed between the French State, the Community of Sant’ Egidio, the Catholic Church and Protestant communities. The agreement will enable 500 Syrian refugees from Lebanon to enter French territory in the coming months, following the example of humanitarian corridors already in place in Italy.

Church in Europe

Brits Abroad: Young Catholics experience the European side of Brexit

The Faith in Politics interns of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales reflect on a visit to Brussels, how Brexit influences their work and the church in the UK.

European Commission

New challenges for the EU Common Agricultural Policy

farmer on his tractor plowing the field, rural wyoming

Despite the reforms made in the past few years which many EU citizens still consider are too expensive, the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) remains far too bureaucratic, especially for farmers. The European Commission is organising a consultation with the aim of simplifying the CAP.

Agenda

> 6 June

The EU Commission together with the EMCDDA will launch the European Drug Report 2017, providing a comprehensive analysis of recent trends in the drug situation in Europe.

 

> 7 June
The EU Commission is expected to publish a Reflection Paper on the Future of the European Defence by 2025.

 

> 7 June
The EU Commission is expected to publish the Implementation of the EU Global Strategy: Communication on efforts to foster state, economic, environment/climate and social resilience in thirds countries.
 
> 15-16 June
A high-level event on EU Arctic Policy will be held in Oulu, Finland.

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