- Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community
The Commissio Episcopatuum Communitatis Europaeae (Latin) (COMECE) or Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community is an organisation of Roman Catholic bishops in Europe to examine European Union (EU) policy and legislation from a Catholic perspective. COMECE should not be confused with the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE).
COMECE is made up of bishops delegated by the 24 Catholic bishops' conferences of the European Union and has a permanent Secretariat in Brussels. It was launched on 3 March 1980 and was preceded by the European Catholic Pastoral Information Service (SIPECA, 1976–1980). Discussions during the 1970s about creating an instrument of liaison between the bishops' conferences and the European Community led to the decision, on the eve of the first direct elections to the European Parliament in 1979, to establish COMECE.
The objectives of COMECE are: to monitor and analyse the political process of the European Union, to inform and raise awareness within the Church of the development of EU policy and legislation, to maintain a regular Dialogue with the EU Institutions (European Commission, Council of Ministers and European Parliament) through annual Summit meetings of religious leaders, Dialogue Seminars, various Conferences and by taking part in Consultations launched by the European Commission, to promote reflection, based on the Church's social teaching, on the challenges facing a united Europe COMECE is funded by the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union. Its Secretariat is currently made of 11 advisors.
COMECE's president is currently Bishop Adrianus van Luyn of Rotterdam since 2006. It has two vice-presidents, currently Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Bishop Piotr Jarecki. The official who runs the office on a day to day basis is the General Secretary, currently the Rev. Prof. Dr. Piotr Mazurkiewicz who took over from Fr Noel Treanor in 2008. The General Secretary is appointed for a three-year term renewable term.
General Secretaries of COMECE since 1993
- Noel Treanor (31 March 1993-February 2008)
- Piotr Mazurkiewicz (March 2008 – present)
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