Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Election Manifesto 2019- Summary
Monday, March 11, 2019
European Christian Political Movement kicked off its 2019 campaign with a special event and the signing of the manifesto on February 20th in Brussels.
Monday, March 11, 2019
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
On Wednesday 20 February, the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM) launched its campaign for the European elections. The ECPM is the only European political party with an explicit Christian profile. To contribute to the wellbeing of the people in Europe, the ECPM united parties and politicians around Christian values to generate political solutions to EU’s key problems. ECPM presently has 18 member parties, 40 individual members (national and regional parliament members) and 30 associated organizations across Europe.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
The past year showed that politics became more complicated and more stigmatized. With the rise of dogmatism on the left-liberal side and of populism on the further right side of the political spectrum, the question raises where ECPM stands ECPM director of European affairs Leo van Doesburg looked deeper in to this question and came with an analysis.
Monday, December 24, 2018
Brussels – Thursday December 5, the ECPM hosted a pro-Israel conference in cooperation with the European Coalition for Israel (ECI). ECPM MEP’s Škripek, Belder and Gericke were among the speakers of this event.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
17th General assembly of ECPM reconfirmed that the party is steadily growing and ready for European Parliament elections 2019.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Together with the ECR in the European Committee of Regions and the Democratic Union of Slovaks and Czechs in Romania, the ECPM organized a conference about the role of minorities and the European Year of Cultural Heritage. The ECPM strongly believes that Europe’s richness lies in its cultural diversity.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Today's vote on McAllister report clearly showed ECPM members of the European Parliament do not approve existing trend to make European security policy more autonomous from North Atlantic defence structures.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
MEP's of the European Christian Political Movement have expressed their concern towards the proposed legislation titled “Bill for the Amendment and Supplement of the Law on Religions” currently progressing through the National Assembly of Bulgaria.
Monday, November 26, 2018
The community of Christians in Israel, Gaza and West Bank is diminishing. European church should pay more attention. ECPM members hosted a much-needed seminar in the European Parliament.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, took part in the debate about the future of the EU in the European Parliament in the past week. She called for an EU army. ECPM regards this as a step with dangerous implications.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused by Muslim villagers of blasphemy. Gratefully, the Supreme Court eventually did not bow to the enormous ideological campaign of the fundamentalists, revoking Asia’s death sentence. Fighting persecution of Christian minorities is a top priority for the ECPM.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Last Thursday, the European Parliament voted in favour of levies on heavy-duty vehicles. It is the EU’s first-ever CO2 standards for trucks. The ECPM is behind this decision. Our MEP Peter van Dalen tells why.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
The European Parliament has adopted a proposal to cancel a budget reserve for pre-accession funds for Turkey. This reserve was created last year by the Parliament to pressurize Turkey into improving human rights, rule of law, democracy and press freedom. However, it is obvious now that these improvement did not happen. Therefore, ECPM fully supports the cancellation of the budget reserve.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
It is already more than 2 years ago when 3 million Romanian citizens requested a referendum to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Last week both the Senate and the Romanian Constitutional Court gave a green light to a referendum on it. Last Tuesday, the Romanian government decided to established the dates for the referendum on the 6th and 7th of October.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
The European Parliament (EP) today approved a report from ECPM MEP Bas Belder on the state of play of relations between the EU and China. The report analyzes and assesses recent developments in the People's Republic of China on political, economic and social issues and makes recommendations to both Chinese and European authorities.
Thursday, September 6, 2018
On the 6th of September, ECPM’s Director for European Affairs, Leo van Doesburg participated to the Boleslaw Kominek European Youth Forum and gave a lecture on "How to promote Christian-Democratic values in a post-modern society" for a group of international students.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
On the 4th of September, ECPM President MEP Branislav Skripek cohosted a conference in the European Parliament with the title "Co-existence exists". The conference presented the common work of Israelis and Palestinians in Judea and Samaria (an area known as the West Bank).
Friday, August 31, 2018
On the 31st of August, a study trip was being organised in Amsterdam with members and representatives of ECPM Member parties from Croatia, Ireland, Latvia, Portugal and Romania.
Monday, July 30, 2018
On the 14th and 15th of July, the International Youth Folklore Festival took place in Valea Cerului in Romania. This international festival was organized by ECPM Member 'Democratic Union of Slovaks and Czechs from Romania (DUSCR)'. Its aim was to promote Slovak traditions in Romania and abroad. It also acted as a gathering of deputies and representatives of the Slovak communities in Romania and representatives from Slovakia.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Last Tuesday, ECPM MEP Marek Jurek presented a draft-version of his Convention on the Rights of the Family. This document was created following an initiative of Mr Jurek and drafted by experts of Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) reaffirmed on Thursday the 28th of June the right of children to be protected from all types of violence as they adopted a resolution based on a report by ECPM MP and Board Member Valeriu Ghiletchi (Republic of Moldova). At the same time, they underlined the right children have not to be separated from their parents against their will except when it is absolutely necessary and in their best interest.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Last Tuesday, Branislav Škripek and Ivan Mintoff presented the documentary evidents of the Schengen and Medical Visa Scandal in Malta.
Monday, June 18, 2018
Today the party leader of Alleanza Bidla, Mr. Ivan Grech Mintoff, presented evidence to the Maltese courts of a far-reaching scandal involving political appointees — one of whom works in the Maltese Prime Ministers’s office — who allegedly sold illicitly Schengen and medical visas to Libyan citizens.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
During a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week, ECPM MEP Peter van Dalen reacted on the message of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte who spoke in the series of debates on the Future of Europe.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
The Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast and its side events took pace in Jerusalem between the 6th and the 7th of June.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
ECPM is looking for an temporary events and relations manager to provide support to the Relations and Events Management and the General Director. Organizing events and keeping contact with our members will be an important part of your job.
Monday, May 28, 2018
Notre ECPM et Jeunes PCD soirée "table-ronde" du 3 mai 2018 a été consacrée à la compréhension de l’idéologie de Mai 68. Nous voulions comprendre la logique de ce mouvement pour mieux la connaître et la défaire.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
On the 16th of May, the International Day for Families was celebrated in the European Parliament. A conference was hosted by MEP Anna Zaborska (EPP). During this conference, a report on the evolution of the family in Europe that was prepared by the Institute of Family Policy was presented by Lola Velarde, Vice President of the Institute.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
A resolution on climate change, tabled by our member party ChristenUnie and FICCD, has been endorsed by ECPM members during the 16th General Assembly of ECPM on the 11th of May 2018.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
A resolution on Human Trafficking, tabled by our youth organization ECPYouth, has been endorsed by ECPM members during the 16th General Assembly of ECPM on the 11th of May 2018.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
A resolution on the reference to God and to the Jewish-Christian inheritance of Europe in the Lisbon Treaty has been endorsed by ECPM members during the 16th General Assembly of ECPM on the 11th of May 2018.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The move of the US embassy to Jerusalem is a historical occasion that demonstrates that Israel can be treated as a normal country that is independent in its international relations. ECPM MEPs Branislav Škripek and Peter van Dalen both welcome that process as it will contribute to normalised international relations between Israel and the international community.
Monday, May 14, 2018
On the 11th of May 2018, our 16th General Assembly was held in the city of Bratislava, Slovakia. It was a fruitful GA where a new ECPM Vision on EU and Europe was accepted, as well as three resolutions by two of our member parties and our youth organization.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
The European Christian Political Movement (ECPM), represented in the European Parliament by six MEPs, was appalled by the recent statement of the President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mr. Mahmoud Abbas. On 30 April Mr Abbas declared that Jews brought the Holocaust on themselves. His apology, several days later and following massive international criticism, is welcomed but will only have meaning if followed by concrete action.
Monday, April 30, 2018
The European Coalition for Israel organised a symposium for Israel's 70th anniversary at the European Parliament in Brussels on the 25th of April, together with European Christian Political Movement. It was hosted by ECPM President and MEP Branislav Škripek (ECR).
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Doctors in Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool yesterday removed life support from Alfie Evans, the 23 month old boy suffering from an unknown disease. The doctors argued that life support should be withdrawn for the boy, who has a rare degenerative brain disease and that the biggest part of his brain is damaged leading to a complete lack of functionality of his central nervous system.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
During the month of April, Easter is celebrated to commemorate the core of our Christian faith: the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We want to wish all of you a good Easter in remembrance of His sacrifice for us.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
On 23 and 24 March, ECPM co-organised the Government and Business Leaders Summit in Bratislava. Its aim was to interconnect people who are active in the areas of politics and business on basis of Biblical and practical principles. ECPM President and MEP Branislav Skripek (SK) was co-host.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
In a joint statement of the Chaldeans-Syriacs-Assyrians Friendship Group (F-CSA), the members declare they condemn the Turkish military invasion in Northern Syria, notably in the region of Afrin.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Recent developments in Slovakia – murder of an investigative journalist and his fiancée, alleged connection of Italian mafia with high profile governmental positions and criminal complaint of well-respected state attorney against the minister of interior – exhibits deep concerns about the quality of democracy and the rule of law.
Monday, February 26, 2018
ECPM is looking for an intern Communications Assistant to provide administrative support to our office and help implement internal and external communication strategies.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
On the 6th of February, the exhibition "Wroclaw broke the Iron Curtain" was opened by ECPM MEP Kazimierz M. Ujazdowski in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
The European Christian Political Movement expresses sincere worries over the way some parties are imposing an impaired democracy on the European Parliament elections.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Last weekend was marked by two major events organized in the USA and in France: the March for life and March Pour La Vie. Both marches represent significant demonstrations of the pro-life movement in America and Europe. ECPM President and MEP Škripek was present in Paris together with ECPM MEP Marek Jurek.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Sadly enough, the worldwide persecution of Christians is increasing. One in twelve Christians experiences heavy or extremely heavy persecution. Together with Open Doors France, ECPM MEP Peter van Dalen and MEP Catherine Stihler organised an event in the European Parliament last week to present the list. "The outcomes are shocking," MEP van Dalen says.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Turkey unleashed military aggression against the people of Northern Syria by shelling the Afrin region since last Monday and threatening to invade this part of Syria. The peoples of Afrin are calling for international pressure to stop this unwarranted aggression and the ECPM urges the European Union and its member states to put maximal pressure on Turkey to immediately stop this violence.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
We are very pleased to introduce to you our new General Director, who will join us from 1 February 2018 onwards: Auke Minnema. He is well known to many members of ECPM as he has been working for ECPM in the past. We have interviewed Auke to introduce him to you.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
We are heading towards the end of 2017. Christmas is coming and ECPM wants to wish all its friends, members and associates a blessed Christmas. This time of commemorating the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is a time of hope and joy. Let us keep this in our hearts, also in the new year that is ahead of us!
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
On Thursday 7 December 2017, the 15th ECPM General Assembly took place in the European Parliament in Brussels.
Friday, December 8, 2017
On Wednesday the 6th of December, ECPM organised a conference together with ECPM MEPs Bastiaan Belder and Branislav Skripek and the European Coalition for Israel. The conference centered on the significance of the Balfour Declaration, a marking point for contemporary history.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
"What is Human Dignity?" This question was explored by MEPs of the cross-party Working Group on Human Dignity in the European Parliament during a hearing organized on the 29th of November on the topic "The Political, Legal and Scientific Aspects of Human Dignity". Several ECPM MEPs are active in the working group.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
A vacancy has opened up at our offices: we are looking for a new General Director!
Monday, November 20, 2017
Last Monday’s debate in the EP with the Commission underlined the urgency of persecuted Christians in the world. One of them is Asia Bibi from Pakistan. Her case was last week closely examined by ECPM President and MEP Branislav Škripek and MEP Peter van Dalen during a visit to Pakistan.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Our member party ChristenUnie is now officially part of the new Dutch government. We congratulate them with this role and are glad to see ChristenUnie deliver a Deputy Prime Minister, two Ministers and one State Secretary to the new cabinet.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
ECPM is very proud of our dear friend and talented colleague Teuta Vodo, who has become the Vice-Minister of Justice of the new Albanian government.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
On the 11th of October, ECPM held two events in Strasbourg to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. They were side events to the October 2017 session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and were organized in collaboration with ECPM MPs Pavel Unguryan and Valeriu Ghiletchi.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
On Sunday the 1st of October, the autonomous community of Catalonia held an unconstitutional referendum on its independence from Spain. The reality of the events that unfolded requires dialogue between the Spanish and Catalonian governments.
Friday, September 15, 2017
The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his State of the European Union at the European Parliament on 14 September during the plenary session in Strasbourg.
Monday, September 11, 2017
The European Union institutions are currently considering acceding to the legally binding Istanbul convention. This Council of Europe instrument is designed to combat domestic violence and violence against women. However, despite having commendable aims it is a blunt and flawed instrument containing many unwanted agendas that are damaging to the foundations of the European Union.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
On Tuesday the 29th of August, Polish ECPM MEP Kazimierz M. Ujazdowski opened an exhibition on Polish art in the European Parliament in Brussels. "Polish art inspired the pro-liberation attitude of the Polish people," Ujazdowski says. "Art is a beautiful expression of freedom".
Thursday, August 17, 2017
A few amazing days of relaxation, meaningful talks and valuable lessons with influencing people. These are a few words to summarize the ECPM Leadership Retreat 2017. Around 20 participants from different countries, all active in politics at all levels, enjoyed the program that reserved time for spiritual building, cumulating knowledge on the subject and simply think.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
The issue of the refugee children who go missing was discussed in a high-level conference event on the 11th of July by ECPM and its MEP Arne Gericke (ECR) in the European Parliament.
Friday, June 23, 2017
On Tuesday, 20 June 2017, ECPM MEP Bas Belder (ECR, NL) co-hosted a conference hosted by MEP Anders Vistisen (ECR, DK) at the European Parliament in Brussels, titled “Tectonic Shifts in the Middle East: Iran, Trump and the Sunni-Israeli Rapprochement”. Other hosts included the AJC Transatlantic Institute and B’nai B’rith International.
Friday, June 16, 2017
The European Union has still not stopped accession talks with Turkey. In this article we're taking a deeper look at the assumed benefits of resuming the EU accession talks with Turkey and the reasons for which they should cease.
Monday, June 12, 2017
A resolution re-emphasizing that ECPM will pursue policies that will mainstream the reality, values and virtues of Christendom on local, regional, national and European level has been endorsed by our members during the 14th General Assembly of ECPM on the 23rd of May 2017.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
A resolution tabled by ECPYouth on student exchange after brexit has been endorsed by ECPM members during the 14th General Assembly of ECPM on the 23rd of May 2017.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
A resolution warning against the proposed establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights has been endorsed by ECPM members during the 14th General Assembly of ECPM on the 23rd of May 2017.
Friday, May 26, 2017
This week, ECPM's 14th General Assembly was held in the city of Warsaw, Poland. It was a fruitful GA with many highlights: a new MEP was welcomed, a new President and board members were chosen and three resolutions were successfully accepted.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
All members of ECPM are warmly invited to join us for our 14th General Assembly in Poland this month, followed by a conference on "Christendom mainstreaming" the day after. This conference will be organised by our foundation Sallux and our Polish member party PR (Prawica Rzeczypospolitey) and will take place in the Polish Parliament.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
ECPM wants to ensure the rights of all people, including religious minorities, to have freedom of thought, conscience and religion. On the 27th of April, the report on "The protection of the rights of parents and children belonging to religious minorities" was adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
Monday, May 1, 2017
Last week, four of our ECPM MEPs sent the following official letter to the Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, stressing their strong opposition to Commissioner Timmermans' opinion on ECPM MEP Marek Jurek's views and questions regarding two recent laws of EU member states.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
This Sunday, the Turkish people seem to have voted for a yes in the referendum in Turkey, enlarging Erdogan's constitutional powers and threatening Turkey's democracy. This shows the urgency of stopping the EU accession talks with Turkey.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
During the coming days, we celebrate Easter to commemorate the core of our Christian faith: the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through his resurrection, Jesus became the pioneer and completer of our Christian faith.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
One year ago, the EU and Turkey made a deal in order to end the refugee stream into Europe. Greece and the countries along the ‘Balkan route’ were not prepared to handle a sudden influx of people of this magnitude. Furthermore the refugees were determined to move to countries in Western Europe. A solution was needed and a deal was made between Turkey and the EU. But how has it turned out one year later?
Thursday, March 30, 2017
During the International Forum "Challenges and Prospects of the Christian Democracy" in Kiev, Ukraine, the challenges and prospects of Christian democracy in Eastern Europe and Christian democracy as a policy of the hope and realism were discussed. The conference, co-organised by ECPM and its Dutch member party SGP, was initiated by ECPM member party CDU and celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Christian Democratic Union.
Friday, March 24, 2017
This year, we celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the agreement that led to the creation of the European Economic Community. This treaty was an important milestone in the formation of the European Union. Sixty years later, the European project is in crisis because it allowed itself to drift away from the vision of its founding fathers.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Today we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. ECPM celebrates the incredible advances that are taking place in social inclusion and in the medical field, making life better for people affected by Down Syndrome and their families. In contrast with this, the development and use of the new techniques of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is an important threat to the equal rights of people with Down syndrome and even to their very existence in our society.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Liberal VVD party remains largest party in the Netherlands, ECPM parties receive over half a million votes.
Monday, March 13, 2017
While opposition in Turkey itself is banned, silenced and prohibited, the Turkish government is using the right to campaign in Western Europe. And as always with communication fromt he AK Party side, the campaign and tone are very aggressive and anti-European.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
The French government has passed a bill that seriously harms freedom of expression. Last February, it approved legislation that criminalises pro-life organizations that offer alternatives for abortion or communicate a pro-life viewpoint regarding abortion in other ways.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Last week in Strasbourg, the European Parliament voted on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a trade deal of the European Union with Canada. All ECPM MEPs either abstained or voted against the deal.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Last week, ECPM has welcomed a new member in the European Parliament: Polish MEP Kazimierz Ujazdowski. Mr. Ujazdowski is part of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament and is an independent Polish MEP.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
A few days ago, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) (which is the statutory decision making body of the CoE), endorsed a report of its Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on the oversexualisation of children. It also encouraged its Member States to take concrete steps in protecting children. The rapporteur for this report was ECPM Member Valeriu Ghiletchi (MP, Moldova).
Friday, February 17, 2017
The media have been informing us about the so called “Balkan route” still being closed. Some of the EU countries call for a strict control of the external border. ECPM Interim President and MEP Branislav Škripek however still says that this solution is not sufficient. He suggests stabilization of the Middle East situation is a precursor for helping hundreds of thousands of refugees return to their homeland.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
It is by no means a "science fiction" anymore: robots, which take over tasks in the service area. Cars that control themselves. Intelligent machines that replace industrial workers. Now the EU wants to retrofit and create a legal framework for robots.
Friday, February 10, 2017
ECPM MEP Peter van Dalen wants to see action from the European Union due to the possible forced leave of the Christian organisation Compassion International out of India.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
The whole Western world is currently debating the Executive Order that President Trump introduced Friday January 27.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Freedom of expression is vital for free societies. The French Senate approved a bill last December that seriously harms freedom of expression when it approved legislation that criminalizes pro-life organizations that offer alternatives for abortion or communicate a pro-life viewpoint regarding abortion in other ways.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The geopolitical situation in East and Central Europe is rapidly changing. One of the main threats for Poland and the Baltic States is the hypermilitarization of the Russian enclave Kaliningrad. ECPM MEP Marek Jurek pleas for a demilitarization of Kaliningrad, together with Polish MEP Kazimierz Michal Ujazdowski.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Yesterday, the European Parliament elected MEP Antonio Tajani from the European People’s Party (EPP) as its new President.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Two years ago the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian Christians, Yazidi’s and Turkmen of Iraq in cooperation with the Christian Political Foundation for Europe, presented in the European Parliament a plan for the future of Nineveh Plain, Tal Afar and Sinjar.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
A lot has been said about free trade deals like CETA and TTIP. Issues that have not been raised are questions like: Is economic growth the only option and should it be prioritised above all else? What are the “real” problems Europe is facing today and in the future, and what solutions are there?
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
“We must stop human trafficking!”, is the common appeal of the Working Group on Human Dignity in the European Parliament. On the 11th of October it organized a hearing on the topic of 'Combatting Human Trafficking'.