Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Last weekend was marked by two major events organized in the USA and in France: the March for life and March Pour La Vie. Both marches represent significant demonstrations of the pro-life movement in America and Europe. ECPM President and MEP Škripek was present in Paris together with ECPM MEP Marek Jurek.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Sadly enough, the worldwide persecution of Christians is increasing. One in twelve Christians experiences heavy or extremely heavy persecution. Together with Open Doors France, ECPM MEP Peter van Dalen and MEP Catherine Stihler organised an event in the European Parliament last week to present the list. "The outcomes are shocking," MEP van Dalen says.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Turkey unleashed military aggression against the people of Northern Syria by shelling the Afrin region since last Monday and threatening to invade this part of Syria. The peoples of Afrin are calling for international pressure to stop this unwarranted aggression and the ECPM urges the European Union and its member states to put maximal pressure on Turkey to immediately stop this violence.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
We are very pleased to introduce to you our new General Director, who will join us from 1 February 2018 onwards: Auke Minnema. He is well known to many members of ECPM as he has been working for ECPM in the past. We have interviewed Auke to introduce him to you.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
We are heading towards the end of 2017. Christmas is coming and ECPM wants to wish all its friends, members and associates a blessed Christmas. This time of commemorating the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is a time of hope and joy. Let us keep this in our hearts, also in the new year that is ahead of us!
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
On Thursday 7 December 2017, the 15th ECPM General Assembly took place in the European Parliament in Brussels.
Friday, December 8, 2017
On Wednesday the 6th of December, ECPM organised a conference together with ECPM MEPs Bastiaan Belder and Branislav Skripek and the European Coalition for Israel. The conference centered on the significance of the Balfour Declaration, a marking point for contemporary history.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
"What is Human Dignity?" This question was explored by MEPs of the cross-party Working Group on Human Dignity in the European Parliament during a hearing organized on the 29th of November on the topic "The Political, Legal and Scientific Aspects of Human Dignity". Several ECPM MEPs are active in the working group.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
A vacancy has opened up at our offices: we are looking for a new General Director!
Monday, November 20, 2017
Last Monday’s debate in the EP with the Commission underlined the urgency of persecuted Christians in the world. One of them is Asia Bibi from Pakistan. Her case was last week closely examined by ECPM President and MEP Branislav Škripek and MEP Peter van Dalen during a visit to Pakistan.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Our member party ChristenUnie is now officially part of the new Dutch government. We congratulate them with this role and are glad to see ChristenUnie deliver a Deputy Prime Minister, two Ministers and one State Secretary to the new cabinet.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
ECPM is very proud of our dear friend and talented colleague Teuta Vodo, who has become the Vice-Minister of Justice of the new Albanian government.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
On the 11th of October, ECPM held two events in Strasbourg to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. They were side events to the October 2017 session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and were organized in collaboration with ECPM MPs Pavel Unguryan and Valeriu Ghiletchi.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
On Sunday the 1st of October, the autonomous community of Catalonia held an unconstitutional referendum on its independence from Spain. The reality of the events that unfolded requires dialogue between the Spanish and Catalonian governments.
Friday, September 15, 2017
The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his State of the European Union at the European Parliament on 14 September during the plenary session in Strasbourg.
Monday, September 11, 2017
The European Union institutions are currently considering acceding to the legally binding Istanbul convention. This Council of Europe instrument is designed to combat domestic violence and violence against women. However, despite having commendable aims it is a blunt and flawed instrument containing many unwanted agendas that are damaging to the foundations of the European Union.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
On Tuesday the 29th of August, Polish ECPM MEP Kazimierz M. Ujazdowski opened an exhibition on Polish art in the European Parliament in Brussels. "Polish art inspired the pro-liberation attitude of the Polish people," Ujazdowski says. "Art is a beautiful expression of freedom".
Thursday, August 17, 2017
A few amazing days of relaxation, meaningful talks and valuable lessons with influencing people. These are a few words to summarize the ECPM Leadership Retreat 2017. Around 20 participants from different countries, all active in politics at all levels, enjoyed the program that reserved time for spiritual building, cumulating knowledge on the subject and simply think.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
The issue of the refugee children who go missing was discussed in a high-level conference event on the 11th of July by ECPM and its MEP Arne Gericke (ECR) in the European Parliament.
Friday, June 23, 2017
On Tuesday, 20 June 2017, ECPM MEP Bas Belder (ECR, NL) co-hosted a conference hosted by MEP Anders Vistisen (ECR, DK) at the European Parliament in Brussels, titled “Tectonic Shifts in the Middle East: Iran, Trump and the Sunni-Israeli Rapprochement”. Other hosts included the AJC Transatlantic Institute and B’nai B’rith International.
Friday, June 16, 2017
The European Union has still not stopped accession talks with Turkey. In this article we're taking a deeper look at the assumed benefits of resuming the EU accession talks with Turkey and the reasons for which they should cease.
Monday, June 12, 2017
A resolution re-emphasizing that ECPM will pursue policies that will mainstream the reality, values and virtues of Christendom on local, regional, national and European level has been endorsed by our members during the 14th General Assembly of ECPM on the 23rd of May 2017.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
A resolution tabled by ECPYouth on student exchange after brexit has been endorsed by ECPM members during the 14th General Assembly of ECPM on the 23rd of May 2017.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
A resolution warning against the proposed establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights has been endorsed by ECPM members during the 14th General Assembly of ECPM on the 23rd of May 2017.
Friday, May 26, 2017
This week, ECPM's 14th General Assembly was held in the city of Warsaw, Poland. It was a fruitful GA with many highlights: a new MEP was welcomed, a new President and board members were chosen and three resolutions were successfully accepted.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
All members of ECPM are warmly invited to join us for our 14th General Assembly in Poland this month, followed by a conference on "Christendom mainstreaming" the day after. This conference will be organised by our foundation Sallux and our Polish member party PR (Prawica Rzeczypospolitey) and will take place in the Polish Parliament.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
ECPM wants to ensure the rights of all people, including religious minorities, to have freedom of thought, conscience and religion. On the 27th of April, the report on "The protection of the rights of parents and children belonging to religious minorities" was adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
Monday, May 1, 2017
Last week, four of our ECPM MEPs sent the following official letter to the Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, stressing their strong opposition to Commissioner Timmermans' opinion on ECPM MEP Marek Jurek's views and questions regarding two recent laws of EU member states.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
This Sunday, the Turkish people seem to have voted for a yes in the referendum in Turkey, enlarging Erdogan's constitutional powers and threatening Turkey's democracy. This shows the urgency of stopping the EU accession talks with Turkey.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
During the coming days, we celebrate Easter to commemorate the core of our Christian faith: the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through his resurrection, Jesus became the pioneer and completer of our Christian faith.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
One year ago, the EU and Turkey made a deal in order to end the refugee stream into Europe. Greece and the countries along the ‘Balkan route’ were not prepared to handle a sudden influx of people of this magnitude. Furthermore the refugees were determined to move to countries in Western Europe. A solution was needed and a deal was made between Turkey and the EU. But how has it turned out one year later?
Thursday, March 30, 2017
During the International Forum "Challenges and Prospects of the Christian Democracy" in Kiev, Ukraine, the challenges and prospects of Christian democracy in Eastern Europe and Christian democracy as a policy of the hope and realism were discussed. The conference, co-organised by ECPM and its Dutch member party SGP, was initiated by ECPM member party CDU and celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Christian Democratic Union.
Friday, March 24, 2017
This year, we celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the agreement that led to the creation of the European Economic Community. This treaty was an important milestone in the formation of the European Union. Sixty years later, the European project is in crisis because it allowed itself to drift away from the vision of its founding fathers.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Today we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. ECPM celebrates the incredible advances that are taking place in social inclusion and in the medical field, making life better for people affected by Down Syndrome and their families. In contrast with this, the development and use of the new techniques of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is an important threat to the equal rights of people with Down syndrome and even to their very existence in our society.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Liberal VVD party remains largest party in the Netherlands, ECPM parties receive over half a million votes.
Monday, March 13, 2017
While opposition in Turkey itself is banned, silenced and prohibited, the Turkish government is using the right to campaign in Western Europe. And as always with communication fromt he AK Party side, the campaign and tone are very aggressive and anti-European.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
The French government has passed a bill that seriously harms freedom of expression. Last February, it approved legislation that criminalises pro-life organizations that offer alternatives for abortion or communicate a pro-life viewpoint regarding abortion in other ways.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Last week in Strasbourg, the European Parliament voted on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a trade deal of the European Union with Canada. All ECPM MEPs either abstained or voted against the deal.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Last week, ECPM has welcomed a new member in the European Parliament: Polish MEP Kazimierz Ujazdowski. Mr. Ujazdowski is part of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament and is an independent Polish MEP.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
A few days ago, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) (which is the statutory decision making body of the CoE), endorsed a report of its Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on the oversexualisation of children. It also encouraged its Member States to take concrete steps in protecting children. The rapporteur for this report was ECPM Member Valeriu Ghiletchi (MP, Moldova).
Thursday, February 16, 2017
The media have been informing us about the so called “Balkan route” still being closed. Some of the EU countries call for a strict control of the external border. ECPM Interim President and MEP Branislav Škripek however still says that this solution is not sufficient. He suggests stabilization of the Middle East situation is a precursor for helping hundreds of thousands of refugees return to their homeland.
Friday, February 10, 2017
It is by no means a "science fiction" anymore: robots, which take over tasks in the service area. Cars that control themselves. Intelligent machines that replace industrial workers. Now the EU wants to retrofit and create a legal framework for robots.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
ECPM MEP Peter van Dalen wants to see action from the European Union due to the possible forced leave of the Christian organisation Compassion International out of India.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The whole Western world is currently debating the Executive Order that President Trump introduced Friday January 27.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Freedom of expression is vital for free societies. The French Senate approved a bill last December that seriously harms freedom of expression when it approved legislation that criminalizes pro-life organizations that offer alternatives for abortion or communicate a pro-life viewpoint regarding abortion in other ways.
Monday, January 23, 2017
The geopolitical situation in East and Central Europe is rapidly changing. One of the main threats for Poland and the Baltic States is the hypermilitarization of the Russian enclave Kaliningrad. ECPM MEP Marek Jurek pleas for a demilitarization of Kaliningrad, together with Polish MEP Kazimierz Michal Ujazdowski.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Yesterday, the European Parliament elected MEP Antonio Tajani from the European People’s Party (EPP) as its new President.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Two years ago the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian Christians, Yazidi’s and Turkmen of Iraq in cooperation with the Christian Political Foundation for Europe, presented in the European Parliament a plan for the future of Nineveh Plain, Tal Afar and Sinjar.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
A lot has been said about free trade deals like CETA and TTIP. Issues that have not been raised are questions like: Is economic growth the only option and should it be prioritised above all else? What are the “real” problems Europe is facing today and in the future, and what solutions are there?
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
“We must stop human trafficking!”, is the common appeal of the Working Group on Human Dignity in the European Parliament. On the 11th of October it organized a hearing on the topic of 'Combatting Human Trafficking'.