Thematic priority Areas of Work 2009 - 2015Thematic priority Areas of Work 2009 - 2015

Within its general mandate, CCME of CEC will seek to focus its activities on a number of strategic areas, in which it engages with high quality contributions and potential for impact, rather than trying to address every issue of potential relevance. In its work, and together with the wider ecumenical family, CCME will monitor developments influencing the life of migrants, such as economic development, conflict around the world, climate change.

The work programme is the result of a participatory process: in 2007 an invitation to CCME members was sent out, asking for input to the future work programme of CCME. These inputs were discussed and further developed by the ExCom meeting in Mechelen (Belgium), 2008. A provisional version of the work programme was circulated prior to the CCME General Assembly in Protaras/Cyprus 8th-11th October 2008, where the final version was discussed, amended and on 11th October 2008 adopted.



For the period 2009 - 2015 the following thematic areas will form work priorities for CCME:



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Please read the CCME Work Programme 2009 - 2015



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All potential activities of CCME will need to be evaluated against their potential:

  • to make a specific contribution of churches to a wider debate and serve the churches’ witness in the area of migration on a global level
  • to be complementary to or to have specific added value in relation to activities of other actors and to achieve synergy with them
  • to give a voice to the voiceless
  • to have a clear impact among churches or
  • to have an impact in voicing the churches’ concerns towards policies on the national level
  • to provide specific added value by addressing an issue on a European level


Elements of PLANNING:

  1. A thorough needs assessment
  2. Reflection on possible alternatives (e.g. other actors addressing issue, other working method)
  3. Initial reflection on methodology and strategy of activity
  4. Prior assessment of potential impact, in particular of the potential added value for member organisations of addressing a particular topic on European level and in the context of CCME of CEC
  5. Reflection on how CCME of CEC activities would link to similar activities undertaken by other actors in the same thematic area
  6. Potential impact on CCME-CEC advocacy work for refugees, migrants and minority ethnic people
  7. Thematic and financial support, in particular among members and strategic partners
  8. Support for project methodology among members
  9. Adequate methods of impact assessment and evaluation will be developed


The CCME WORKING MECHANISMS are derived from the main mandate of the CCME:

I.) to serve the churches in their commitment to strangers, responding to the message of the Bible, which insists on the dignity of every human being, in order to promote an inclusive policy at European and national level for migrants, refugees and minority groups.

  • Plenary meeting of the Commission every two years
  • Communication with CCME and CEC members
  • working groups and ad hoc task forces
  • trainings
  • visits
  • membership in and cooperation with the Global Ecumenical Network on Migration of WCC


II.) work on issues of migration and integration, asylum and refugees, and against racism and discrimination, undertake research, initiate, develop and implement projects in these fields:

  • networking with Christian and non-governmental organisations
  • partnerships with academia (theological faculties, migration researchers)
  • thematic public hearings
  • international conferences
  • mid- term and long-term projects


III.) represent the common voice of the churches in Europe on the above issues towards the European institutions and international organisations active in Europe:

  • European Union
  • Council of Europe
  • Global Forum on Migration and Development
  • IOM

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