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The Central Committee of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), met in the first regular meeting in Geneva between November 26-29, 2013. During the four-day meeting of the new Central Committee:

Appointed the proposed proxies of the members of the CC

Elected five member Nominations Committee which will nominate candidates for appointment in various positions : staff , General Secretary , etc.

Elected the Budget Committee, auditors and Pastor Mr. Michael Bubik as treasurer of this committee.

Elected seven members, as its representatives to the Joint Dialogue Committee between CEC and the Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCEE).

Approved the proposal of the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), οn the formation of a new joint Working Group to discuss the future relationship of the two organizations (CEC-CCME).

Was updated and approved the combination procedure of the Church and Society Commission with the CEC in November 2014.

Approved the operating budget of the CEC for 2014 and decided that during the next meeting of the CC in June 2014, will decide on the new amount of the annual contribution of the church members.

Issued public notices:

a) On poverty and social exclusion. In the difficult economic conditions in Europe, with rising unemployment, particularly among young people, politicians are urged to prioritize human and especially those who are part of the most vulnerable social groups.

b) For the hundredth anniversary of the Armenian genocide by the Turks (1915-1922). CEC will participate with the Secretary-General to the various events planned in 2015 for the purpose of paying tribute to the victims of the genocide.

c) For the upcoming European Parliament elections in May 2014 . The elections are the first since the Treaty of Lisbon was signed which grants new increased responsibilities to the European Parliament, which is why the participation of European citizens is of particular importance. The economic crisis continues unabated and has resulted in the alarming rise of extremist parties.

The churches have an important role to play for a better Europe where human dignity, solidarity, mutual respect, cooperation and love to neighbours are not empty words but are essentially manifested through actions.

d) For the Syrian crisis. Appeal to the European states to provide protection to refugees fleeing the catastrophic conflict in Syria.

Until October 2013 six million Syrians were internally displaced. In addition to this 2.2 millions have fled the country and live in neighbouring countries (Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey), Europe and elsewhere.

European countries shall take immediate and decisive steps for the acceptance and support of the wave of refugees from Syria. Poor neighbouring countries must be financially supported to provide decent living to Syrian refugees who flee and shelter within their limits.

 

 

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