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IP/09/1046

Brussels, 26 June 2009

Presidents of Commission and Parliament meet European philosophical non-confessional organisations

Today the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, will have a meeting with philosophical non-confessional organisations.

Commission President Barroso said: "Our institutions maintain an open, transparent and regular dialogue with all associations of conviction: churches, religious communities and philosophical non-confessional organisations. Today we would like to focus our discussions on how the humanist cultural tradition of enlightenment can help strengthening European values in times of financial and economic crisis."

EP President Pöttering stated: "The European Union is a community of values the basis of which is the defence of human dignity. Just as our European values, enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty and Charter of Fundamental Rights, owe a debt to Europe's Judaeo-Christian heritage; non-confessional humanist organisations, which emerged in the Enlightenment, have also made their contribution to shaping modern European thought. For this reason, it is important for the EU to maintain a regular dialogue with these groups in our common search for an ethical underpinning to European policy. "

From the Commission side Louis Michel, C ommissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, and Ján Figel', Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, will also participate in the meeting.

Participants:

FEDERATION HUMANISTE EUROPEENNE

M. David Pollock – Président

M. Rob Buitenweg – Vice Président

ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DE LA PENSEE LIBRE

M. Alan Frommer – Président

M. Tony van der haegen – Vice Président

CENTRE D’ACTION LAIQUE (Belgique)

M. Pierre-Arnaud Perrouty  – directeur de la Cellule Europe et International

GRAND ORIENT DE BELGIQUE

M. Jef Asselbergh – Grand Maître Adjoint

FEDERATION ESPAGNOLE DU DROIT HUMAN

M. Manuel Lopez Alvarez – Président

M. Gonzalo Tapia Suarez – Vice Président

GRANDE LOGE SYMBOLIQUE ESPAGNOLE

M. Eddy BONTE – Grand Conseiller

GRAND ORIENT DE FRANCE

M. Pierre Lambicchi – Grand Maître

M. Patrice Billaud – Grand Officier pour les Affaires Extérieures

GRANDE LOGE FEMININE DE FRANCE

Mme Yvette Nicolas – Grande Maîtresse

Mme Catherine Charles

FEDERATION FRANÇAISE DU DROIT HUMAIN

M. Michel Payen –  Président

Mme Denise Thessier – Vice Présidente

ORDRE MAÇONNIQUE INTERNATIONAL DELPHIE (Grèce)

M. Vassilios Patkas – Grand Maître

M. Ina Piperaki – Affaires Extérieures adjointe

GRANDE LOGE D'ITALIE

Prof. Luigi Pruneti – Grand Maître

Mme Lina Rotondi – Grande Chancelière Adjointe

GRANDE ORIENTE LUSITANO (PORTUGAL)

Prof. António Reis – Grand Maître

NATIONAL SECULAR SOCIETY (UK)

M. Keith Porteous Wood – Executive Director

M. Stephen Evans – Administrator


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