The Dialogue with churches, religious associations or communities and philosophical and non-denominational organisations
- churches, religious associations or communities and
- philosophical and non-denominational organisations
allows for an open exchange of views between the EU institutions and key sections of European society on EU policies. It was established in the early 1990s by the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, and provides an opportunity to engage in the European policy-making process. The dialogue is currently under the responsibility of Vice-President Schinas.
Last annual high-level meeting with non-denominational associations (2 December 2022) :
Vice-President Schinas hosted the annual high-level meeting with non-confessional organisations, together with the First Vice-President of the European Parliament, Othmar Karas. The theme of this year's meeting was "The impact of the war in Ukraine on the European way of life", with nine representatives of philosophical and non-confessional organisations from across Europe. Participants discussed the consequences of the influx of Ukrainian refugees on European migration and asylum policy, the energy crisis and its social impact, and the impact of these issues on the architecture of Europe, particularly in view of future enlargements of the European Union.
EAFT is recognised and regularly invited by the European Commission to take part in dialogue meetings.
Chairman, Guy T'hooftand one of its founders, Tony van der Haegentook part in the last meeting on 2 December 2022 at the Berlaymont in Brussels.