Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches

Commission Eglise et société de la Conférence des Eglises européennes

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1964, Brussels (Belgium), at Ecumenical Centre. The Centre first launched Consultative Committee of Churches in the EEC, which subsequently became Commission of Churches of the European Communities. The latter took over legal responsibility from the Board of the original Ecumenical Centre, Jan 1978, when a Constitution and Status, and new title, Ecumenical Commission for Church and Society in the European Community (ECCSEC) -- Commission oecuménique pour Eglise et société dans la Communauté européenne (COESCE), were adopted. Name changed in 1985 to European Ecumenical Commission for Church and Society (EECCS) -- Commission oecuménique européenne pour Eglise et société -- Europäische Ökumenische Kommission für Kirche und Gesellschaft. Incorporates, since Nov 1986, the former Protestant Churches' Secretariat for the Council of Europe. Strasbourg (France) office set up in 1986. Constitution amended, 1994. Also referred to as Commission européenne oecuménique pour Eglise et société (CEOeES). Present name adopted 1 Jan 1999, when Conference of European Churches (CEC) merged with Ecumenical Association for Church and Society - Brussels (AOES). Ceased to exist, when merged into CEC, Dec 2014.


Study and examine church and society questions in a socio-ethical perspective; monitor European institutions; deal with specific responsibility of churches in EU member states for internal policies of the Union; strengthen the common witness of churches in Europe and vis-à-vis the European institutions.

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Work areas: European integration; globalization; sustainable development; environmental issues; social issues; religion in the public sphere; human rights and religious freedom; bioethics and biotechnology; EU legislation; education for democratic citizenship; inter-religious dialogue.


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English, French, German.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 23 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 39 countries
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Society
  • Religious Practice
    • Churches

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality



Last News Received

14. Oct 2014
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