Last weekend, the 12th ECPM General Assembly (GA) unanimously adopted a resolution proposed by ECPYouth on the defense of religious freedom and the combat of anti-religious manifestations. Many ECPM Members and Member Organizations such as MEP Peter van Dalen (ChristianUnion) and the French Parti chrétien-démocrate expressed their support for the resolution.
In the adopted resolution the ECPM in the strongest possible terms condemns all anti-religious violence. It calls on the European Commission to protect the fundamental rights of faith communities and to fight for mutual understanding between religious minorities. At the same time, the resolution emphasizes the societal importance of religion in the Member States of the European Union. It calls on the European Commission to intensify funding of faith based organizations that aim to foster the well-being of the whole society. Finally, the resolution calls on the Member States to acknowledge and strengthen religious education as an substantial and essential part of primary and secondary education.
It was the first time that ECPYouth proposed a resolution at the ECPM GA. Political Secretary Ardjan Boersma says:
‘The adoption of our resolution was an important moment for ECPYouth. Our presence at the ECPM GA and the proposal for a resolution marked the rapid developments our organization has made in the last year. Where in the past ECPYouth has been mainly focused on training young Christian politicians, today the ECPYouth Board considers it as one of its most important aims as well to make our political standpoints known to a bigger audience in order to have political influence. The ECPYouth Board was very content with the enthusiast support of the ECPM GA as we considered the topic of the resolution as highly important and relevant’.
The ECPM GA has taken place on 11 June in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. ECPYouth was represented by Gerrianne Pennings (Board Member for External Communications) and Ardjan Boersma (Political Secretary).