"The Future of Europe". Seminar at the European Commission, Brussels 7 July 2017.

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On 7 July 2017, the European Commission organized a seminar on the topic "Future of Europe" EU officials participated as well as representatives of churches, ecclesiastical organizations, humanists and representatives of philosophical and non-confessional organizations.

The aim of the meeting was to discuss different perspectives concerning the ongoing consultation of the "White Paper on the Future of the EU" that was presented by its President Jean Claude Juncker. The event was greeted by the head of the office of the first Vice-President of the EU Mr. B. Smnlders. This was followed by the presentation of the White Paper by Mr. Calliess Legal Advisor at the Center for European Political Strategy. The five scenarios that the White Paper mentions are a) We continue normally b) Nothing more than the single market c) Those who want more do more d) We do less in a more efficient way e) We do together much more. During the discussion that followed the presentation, it was argued that it is very likely that one of five scenarios will not be implemented, but a sixth scenario combining elements from two or more of the above five will. It was highlighted the need for a substantial review of the European Union's course and the return to the founding principles laid down by its founders in 1950. The vision in question must be ambitious and not be limited until 2025. A vast majority of the Europeans that live in the South feel unsatisfied by the lack of solidarity on major topics and especially to the migration problem. The need for this new vision to be a part of youth education through national school curricula was also emphasized. The crisis that Europe is going through today is primarily a spiritual crisis and then it becomes economic, social and political.

The Representation of the Church of Cyprus to the European Institutions was represented by His Grace Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis.




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