Religion and Politics in the European Union

New Challenges, New Responsibilities

A seminar organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Centre for European Studies.


With the ever-growing diversity of our multi-cultural and multi-religious society individuals naturally seek greater and more relevant guidance. The fresh and challenging atmosphere of faith in Europe calls for the response and support of the religious communities and political institutions. In this context, the Centre for European Studies and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung are organizing a seminar on religion and politics in the European Union.


15.30 Registration and coffee

16.30 Welcoming and Introduction:

Wilfried Martens President of the Centre for European Studies

16.45I Panel Discussion: Christianity, Islam and the changing role of the Interreligious dialogue


Mario Mauro, MEP Vice-President of the European Parliament, responsible for relations with churches and religious communities


Senaid Kobilica President of the Islamic Council of Norway

Erna Hennicot-Schopeges, MEP Rapporteur of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008

Emilio Platti Professor of Islamics at Leuven University and at the Institut Catholique de Paris

General discussion

17.45II Panel Discussion: Religion, Politics and the Reform Treaty: What do we expect?


Alojz Peterle MEP EPP-ED Group coordinator for the dialoque with the Orthodox Church


Emmanuel of France Metropolitan of France

Monsignor Noël Treanor Secretary General of the COMECE

Dr h.c. Gerrit Noltensmeier Member of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany

General discussion

18.30 Key Note: Jan Figel Member of the European Commission

19.00 Closing remarks:

Dr Peter R. Weilemann Director of the European Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Followed by Reception

Zum Kalender hinzufügen


Palais des Academies, Brussels


Religion and Politics in the European Union: New Challenges, New Responsibilities
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