Between 12-15 September 2012 it was organized in Chania of Crete the Annual Central Committee of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) at the Orthodox Academy of Crete. The Church of Cyprus was represented by His Grace Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis.
During the meeting the forty members of the Central Committee were informed for the C.E.C.’s General Secretary Reports and also for the Reports of the Director of the Committees’ of C.E.C.: Church and Society, Churches in Dialogue and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe, for the year 2011.
The Financial Report of the year 2011 was approved. After a discussion the budget for the year 2013 was approved along side with the plan of activities for all three Committees of C.E.C..
The Central Committee was informed by the representative of the revision team of C.E.C.s’ charter Mr. Colin Ride, for the team’s work procedure. The processing of the answers of the questionnaire of C.E.C. is going to be accomplished and the final form of the new charter of C.E.C. will be present for final approval to the General Assembly which will take place in Budapest (Hungary) in July 2013.
The Central Committee discussed also about the ongoing subjects and expresses its strong concern about the violent reactions in the Middle East and especially in Syria. Christians fight to survive during these tragic and difficult times of the civil war between Sunni Islam and Shia Islam. Unfortunately the refugee wave to the neighbouring countries (Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey) is increasing.
For the ongoing European financial crises, the Committee expressed its support to the Greeks, underlined that the Social European model must not became the prey of the financial crises and invited the Member Churches of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) to actively express their solidarity and support to the social layers of their countries.
The Central Committee expressed also its pain and disapproval for the ongoing unfair imprisonment of the Serbian Archbishop of Achridos (Skopje) Mr. Ioanni, by the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Archbishop Ioannis was featured from the International Amnystia as “imprisoned for reasons of conscience”. During the four day meeting the official appointment of the new General Secretary of C.E.C., belgian Pastor Dr. Guy Liagre took place. His service will be terminated in 2015.
The next Meeting of the Central Committee will be held before the General Assembly of C.E.C. (3-8 July 2013)