Christmas greeting

Dear friends of ECPM,

The year has come to an end and it’s time to take a quick review over the past year. 2014 has been a restless year full of incidents. Ukraine became gripped by unrest when President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an association agreement with the European Union on 21 November 2013. An organised political movement known as 'Euromaidan' demanded closer ties with the European Union, and the ousting of Yanukovych. In consequence of these events relations between EU and Russia tensed and Russia started to occupy the Krim-region in Ukraine. Many incidents happened after this and to this moment the situation is both unclear and unstable.

In the Middle East we witnessed the emergence of the Islamic State and the horrific atrocities that this group is committing. Christians and other minorities have been displaced on a massive scale and there is a real threat that Christians and other minorities will be wiped off the map in Iraq and Syria. A solution is needed and I am very pleased to see our think tank the CPFE being actively involved in finding solutions that guarantee safety.

Amidst of this international turmoil the ECPM itself had a successful year. After the European elections we grew to 5 MEP’s: Bas Belder (SGP, The Netherlands), Peter van Dalen (ChristenUnie, The Netherlands) Branislav Škripek (OĽaNO, Slovakia) Arne Gericke (Familien-Partei Deutschlands, Germany) and Beatrix von Storch (AfD, Germany). A great result which means more responsibilities for ECPM as we are starting to grow from a small European political party to a medium-sized one.

This means that we have to set new goals, use new strategies and if needed, shift our focus. For sure the ECPM will be more visible in the European Parliament than it has been but we will always continue to promote Christian values on every level in Europe.

During our last General Assembly in Bratislava I stated that I am confident that in the coming five years the ECPM will succeed in:

  • making families more valued and facilitate them better in Europe;
  • combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation  more effectively;
  • making freedom of religion and belief a key element in EU human rights policies
  • proposing a new economic vision based on ethical entrepreneurship and relation thinking
  • protecting all human life    

In the end I want thank you members for the collaboration during the year and give great compliments to the staff of ECPM for the work they have done for the organization this year. Have a peaceful Christmastime and Wonderful Year 2015! 

Peter Östman,

President of ECPM

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