March 26, 2015
On 24 March 2015, MEPs met with religious community leaders of Europe in Brussels. The topic of their meeting was ‘The rise of religious radicalism and fundamentalism and the role of inter-religious dialogue in the promotion of tolerance and respect for human dignity.’
The participants discussed various aspects of the problem of religious radicalism, certain elements of the European policy against radicalization, and the system of international monitoring and timely warning of religious communities against possible threats.
Attending the conference among other participants was archpriest Dimitry Sizonenko, acting representative of the Russian Orthodox Church at the European international institutions in Brussels.
Addresses of the representatives of the Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences, other Churches and religious communities were delivered during panel discussions.
President of the European Parliament Martin Schultz said in his closing speech that it was necessary to develop dialogue with people of different persuasions for the sake of peaceful coexistence based on mutual respect.