EU high-level meeting with religious leaders

On Tuesday 16th June 2015, the European Commission hosted the a high-level meeting of the European Union with religious leaders in Brussels.

High-level meetings and working level discussions are held regularly between the European Commission and churches and religious associations and communities as well as philosophical and non-confessional organisations.

First Vice-President Frans Timmermans hosted European Parliament Vice-President Antonio Tajani and fifteen religious leaders from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Mormon communities. This year’s meeting discussed the topic “Living together and disagreeing well”.

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Frans Timmermans said: “This dialogue has never been more important. Our societies face fundamental challenges, and churches and religions are among the actors that can play an important role in promoting social cohesion and bridging divides. The leaders here today are partners for the European Commission as they can share their experience in fighting against fundamentalism, discrimination and in building mutual trust and understanding.”

This meeting was the eleventh in the series of meetings launched by the Commission in 2005.

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From left to right: Vice-President Frans Timmermans (European Commission), Vice-President Antonio Tajani (European Parliament), President Jamie Cresswell (European Buddhist Union)

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