During five days of meetings, public ceremonies and a festive celebration the Conference of European Churches (CEC) began its new era.
The Central Committee of CSC was organized during the 2nd and 3rd of December at Leuven (Belgium) so that the legal procedure of merging of the two organizations was made according to the Belgian law. More over the Central Committee of CSC ratified the up coming programs of 2015 while at the same time the budget of 2013 was approved.
This historical event of the merge of the two organizations and of the beginning of a new one, was celebrated on the night of the 4th of December in Brussels at a ceremony in which the former president of the European Council Mr. H. Van Rombuy spoke and a discussion followed on the topic of “ The Commitment of churches in a Europe that evolves- The role of the new CEC”. At the ceremony they were also invited representatives of the churches members of CEC, cooperating organizations as well as friends and people that support CEC.
The meetings of the Central Committee of the new CEC followed between the 5th and the 6th of December again in Leuven. During these meetings the staff informed the members of the Committee for the up-coming programs in 2015. These programs concern environmental justice, human rights and religious freedom, training and bioethics, ecclesiology and theological dialogue among the churches and of labor and social topics. The Committee also discussed on topics of staff, governing, and economical transparency. It was also discussed ways of formulating the annual contribution of the churches and finally standing orders were ratified.
The Central Committee published a communiqué concerning the humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq. In this, CEC presents the problem as well as a call for all those that are involved in any way especially to the European Union with the aim of seizing the conflicts and an immediate confrontation of the problem. The humanitarian crisis in these areas is the second largest after the one of the II War World. In a second, common communiqué with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), they stress out their worries concerning stateless people in the European space.