The first annual meeting of the Governing Board of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) was held on 15-18 May 2019, in Strasbourg, France.

Reports by CEC’s President (Rev. Christian Krieger) and by retiring General Secretary (protopresbyter Theodoros Huttunen) were presented during the meeting. Also, the financial report of CEC’s treasurer for the General Assembly held in Novi Sad (Serbia, 2018), as well as the general report for 2018, were presented and approved unanimously. The meeting of the GB was also an opportunity to bring together young representatives of European churches and youth organizations who engage with CEC’s activities. Together they discussed the role of youth in the life of CEC, sharing their expectations and contributing to CEC’s work plan.

The executive staff presented the projects for 2020, which will be implemented after the member-churches provide representatives for the Working Committees during the next meeting of the Governing Board in November. Those will include projects on human rights, peace and the climate change. The GB agreed for two public statements. The first under the title «Towards peaceful coexistence in the Middle East» and the second «Need for a renewal of Democratic vision».

The meeting of the GB taking place in Strasbourg had a special significance because CEC is celebrating its 60th Anniversary. To mark the anniversary a formal reception was held at the Council of Europe for the participants. CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger welcomed the guests while Governing Board members made presentations about the history of CEC.

Archimandrite Fr. Nektarios Ioannou represented the Church of Cyprus.

The next meeting of the Governing Board of CEC will be held in Brussels on 19-22 November 2019.

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