Council of European Bishops' Conferences

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The Council of European Bishops 'Conferences ( C onsilium C onferentiarum E piscoporum E uropae, CCEE) is an association of the presidents of the Roman Catholic Bishops' Conferences in Europe with its seat in St. Gallen .


On November 18, 1965, towards the end of the Second Vatican Council , the presidents of 13 national bishops' conferences met in Rome . At this meeting they set up a committee consisting of six representatives and a liaison secretary. The committee was given the task of deliberating with the Bishops' Conferences in Europe on further cooperation and on the definition of the pastoral sectors in which cooperation seemed particularly urgent. At the following symposia , concrete work steps and implementation options were developed and presented. On 23/24 March 1971 the founding meeting of the CCEE took place in Rome.

Tasks and organs

The task of the CCEE is to promote collegial cooperation between the bishops in Europe; the plenary assembly includes the presidents of the individual bishops' conferences and the Archbishop of Luxembourg. The areas of work of the conference and councils include: vocational pastoral care, Buddhism , evangelization , catechesis , Islam in Europe , the media, migration, and ecumenism and the environment.

Intensive ecumenical cooperation exists in several areas with the Conference of European Churches (CEC) , which led to the three European Ecumenical Assemblies so far in 1989 in Basel , 1997 in Graz and 2007 in Sibiu . A jointly responsible ecumenical paper is the Charta oecumenica .

The Bureau

  • President:
Angelo Cardinal Bagnasco , Archbishop of Genoa
  • Vice President:
Vincent Cardinal Nichols , Archbishop of Westminster and Chairman of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
Stanisław Gądecki , Archbishop of Poznan and Chairman of the Polish Bishops' Conference
  • Secretary General:
Duarte Nuno Queiroz de Barros da Cunha

Areas of responsibility


Albania , Belgium , Bosnia-Herzegovina , Bulgaria , Germany , England and Wales , France , Greece , Ireland , Italy , Croatia , Latvia , Lithuania , Luxembourg , Malta , Netherlands , Austria , Poland , Portugal , Romania , Russia , Scandinavia , Scotland , Slovakia , Slovenia , Spain , Switzerland , Czech Republic , Turkey , Hungary , Ukraine: Ukrainian Bishops 'Conference / Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church , Belarus and the International Bishops' Conference of Saints Cyril and Method (Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia) .


See also

Another European institution is the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community

Web links


  • Ivo Fürer: The development of Europe challenges the churches: The activities of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE) from its foundation in 1971 to 1996. Grünewald 2018

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ A b c New CCEE Presidency: Card. A. Bagnasco (President), Card. V. Nichols and Archbishop S. Gądecki (Vice-Presidents). CCEE, October 8, 2016, accessed October 15, 2016 .