Monday 21. August 2017
Fundamental rights

Is a robot a person?

European Commission

Pushed by the challenges of rapid technological progress - and indeed by some interested parties - the issue of robotics and artificial intelligence is becoming a trendy subject in "boring" Brussels.

France chooses Europe

European Union
Emmanuel Macron, France's independent presidential candidate, waves while speaking to supporters after the first round of the French presidential election in Paris on April 23, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Christophe Morin.

The European anthem “Ode to Joy” resounded as newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron walked into the Louvre courtyard to address his supporters. In Brussels, this election result was greeted with huge relief.

A dynamic and multicultural European identity

Eglise Catholique

It is Pope Francis, a non-European, who bluntly states that there is a clear European identity. This is an affirmation that will surprise more than one European!  At a time when Europe is looking for a new lease of life, it may be worthwhile to be inspired by what an outsider detects in our own history.

Getting together one year on: Celebrating the memory of British MP Jo Cox

UK Parliament

June marks the first anniversary since the murder of the gifted social justice campaigner and British MP, Jo Cox. A series of events are planned to celebrate what unites communities.

Egypt: A Call for Openness

Catholic Church

A pastoral and political visit by Pope Francis to Egypt between the 28 and 29 April 2017.

European Pillar of Social Rights – Juncker seeks consensus on new direction for EU social policy

European Commission

The European Pillar of Social Rights aims to address the growing social and economic divergence in the EU. The European Commission presented its recommendations at the end of April and is now hoping for support at the highest political level.

50 years after Populorum Progressio

Church in Europe

Mgr Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of Justice and Peace Europe, and a delegate of COMECE shares his perspective after attending a congress organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

New spring in Europe?

Citizens

In recent months a range of initiatives have emerged that actively support the European Union. Is this a sign that the EU’s identity crisis is coming to an end?

A first step in the fight against conflict minerals

European Parliament
Half of the workforce of the artisanal mining sector is comprised of children. Without viable economic alternatives, most children must join their parents in rudimentary mining pits. Children as young as two years transport, wash, and crush minerals

On 3 April 2017, the European Council formally adopted a regulation on the responsible supply of minerals which had previously been approved by the European Parliament on 16 March 2017.  The objective of this legislation is to put an end to the financing of armed groups through the trading of so-called conflict minerals.

Building ‘Affectio Societatis’

European Union

Europe lacks neither reasons to unite nor projects. However, uniting people around a European project demands a spirit of fraternity according to Jérôme Vignon.

Brits Abroad: Young Catholics experience the European side of Brexit

Church in Europe

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.

Agenda

>17 July
The Commission will present its 2017 review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe. This year's edition will focus on the issue of intergenerational fairness.
 
>24 July
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) will bring together economic and financial ministers from all EU member states in order to review EU economic policies, taxation issues and the regulation of financial services.
 
>17-18 July
The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will be held in Brussels. Member States’ ministers responsible for fisheries and agriculture will participate in order to discuss issues relating to agriculture and fisheries, including food safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health.
 
>31 July – 11 August
COMECE headquarter in Brussels will be closed.
 
28 – 31 August
The European Parliament’s Committees will take place in order to prepare the legislative work for Parliament's plenary.

 

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