Although saddened by this event, the COMECE Standing Committee respect the will expressed by the British citizens during the 2016 Referendum and assure that, “even though the UK will no longer be part of the EU, it will still continue being part of Europe”.
COMECE will work to maintain fraternal relations between the EU and the UK and rebuild through them a sense of community in Europe.
EU Bishops look to make “strong contribution to dialogue” with Brussels post-Brexit
Meanwhile, for the third consecutive year the General Secretaries of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU gathered in Brussels on Thursday 30 January 2020 to nurture their effective cooperation with COMECE in view of a strong contribution to the dialogue with the EU institutions.
Participants analysed the new settings of the European institutions, following the last EU elections held in May 2019. In this context, the discussion also addressed the recently published work programme of the new European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen, and the potential impact on the EU of the upcoming Brexit.
During the event, the General Secretaries also exchanged with some of the COMECE advisors on crucial topics for the role of the Church in the European Union: migration & asylum, youth policies and the external action of the EU.
In his first official meeting with the General Secretaries of the EU Bishops’ Conferences after starting his mandate in September 2019. Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto underlined the COMECE mission to dialogue with the EU, presenting needs, requests, opinions and sensitivities of the Bishops’ Conferences and highlighted “their precious role at the national level as transmitters and interpreters of EU actions”.
General Secretaries were encouraged to make the participation of their Bishops’ Conferences as substantial and active as possible within the context of COMECE Commissions and Working Groups, which are essentialand strategic in the Church’s dialogue with the EU institutions.