PERMANENT OFFICE of the ROMANIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
to the EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS
The EU and RELIGION
The EU has an institutional and structured dialogue with the churches in Europe, still it fully respects the competence of the Member States in the organisation of the State-Church affairs...
Every aspect of human life lived in society has an ethical dimension…
CULTURE & EDUCATION
The Church attaches great importance to education, for it is the utmost form of modelling the character and personality of the youth. The investment into education is an act of responsibility for the present and future of Europe...
Recognizing, guaranteeing and promoting fundamental human rights represent, from a Christian perspective, a fundamental commitment, for the dignity, freedom, equality and value of the human being – which is both unique and communion-oriented…
The Romanian Orthodox Church (ROC) is the biggest Christian Orthodox Church within the EU.
In 2005, the Holy Synod of the ROC has decided to establish a Permanent Office of the Romanian Patriarchate in Brussels, which became operational in 2007. It is a concrete form of the openness and European responsibility of ROC and in the same time a response to the interest manifested by the EU in the dialogue with churches, especially after the coming into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, which institutionalises the dialogue with European churches.
The primary aims of the Permanent Office are:
- to monitor the policies and activities of the European institutions in domains of particular interest to our Church (e.g.: social, educational, environmental policies, human rights, bioethics etc.);
- to inform ROC and citizens about the activities, policies, and projects of the EU;
- to ensure an effective communication, as well as the promotion and development of the dialogue between our Church and the European institutions;
- to bring its particular contribution to the European construction.
Since 2010, the Permanent Office of the ROC is a member of the Committee of the Representatives of Orthodox Churches to the European Union (CROCEU).
WHO is WHO?
HE Metropolitan NIFON
HE Metropolitan JOSEPH
Rev. George VALCU
Rue Vanderlinden 15A, 1030 Bruxelles
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