Priority areas

The Treaty of Lisbon

The church believes that the treaty strengthens the European Union as a community of values, promotes the monitoring and enforcement of human rights and supports the development of the Union’s social dimension. In addition, the treaty improves possibilities for participatory democracy. The churches welcome the commitment to maintain an open, transparent and regular dialogue with them (Art. 17). 

Enlargement and integration

European integration has fostered peace and prosperity, and supported the implementation of human rights and the rule of law. It has brought Europeans closer to each other. The European churches support both EU enlargement and deeper cooperation.

Social Europe

The EU should promote social cohesion and justice. This is especially important in economically challenging times. The European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion (2010) afforded an opportunity to promote the right of all to live in dignity and to participate in society. 

Climate change and sustainable development

Climate change especially affects the world´s poorest. In order to ensure developing countries’ right to development, rich countries must finance both the fight against climate change and adaptation to it. Fighting climate change is a matter of justice and the safeguarding of creation.

Migration, refugee and anti-trafficking policy

Migration and refugee policy should promote justice and eradicate inequality. With regard to human trafficking, the church reaffirms calls upon the EU to focus its policy on the protection of the rights of victims rather than on border control.

Intercultural dialogue

In an increasingly diverse Europe, intercultural and interreligious dialogue are essential.

Humanitarian aid and development cooperation

The EU is the world's largest donor of development aid. The church stresses the need for a rights-based approach to development policy, with a focus on the implementation of human rights, the adjustment of economic and food production systems better to address the needs of the poorest, and the combating of climate change.

Regional and agricultural policy

The key objective of the EU’s regional policy is the promotion of economic and social cohesion. The churches cooperate throught the Theobalt network in the Baltic region and through the Council of Christian Churches in the Barents region. The Common Agricultural Policy should be based on solidarity and sustainability, both at a European and global level.