Why a European Network?
The increasing importance of matters of Religion and Belief in public life across Europe has been recognised in Article 17 of the Treaty of Lisbon: that the European Union
“Respects and does not prejudice the status under national law of churches and religious associations or communities in the Member States.
Equally respects the status under national law of philosophical and non-confessional organisations.
Recognising their identity and their specific contribution, the Union shall maintain an open, transparent and regular dialogue with these churches and organisations.”
In addition, Article 19, especially through the implementation of the Religion and Belief strand of Equalities and Fundamental Rights, is leading to greater awareness across Europe of the need to take action to promote harmony and mutual understanding, and to combat discrimination and prejudice on issues of Religion and Belief across Europe.
The European Network on Religion and Belief (ENORB) seeks to work with others to develop a long-term network, within the framework of EU policies on equalities and fundamental rights, to combat discrimination and promote mutual understanding in the field of Religion and Belief. ENORB will facilitate dialogue between Religion and Belief traditions of all kinds and support the development of similar networks in all member-states.
What we hope to be
A European Network for mutual understanding and common action between religious and non-religious groups, based on the shared European values which bind diverse groups and communities together in a strong and sustainable Europe: social cohesion and inclusion, freedom of belief and discussion, respect for the rule of law, democracy, human rights, and equality of treatment for all, which seeks to:
- Build on the common heritage and the modern diversity of Europe’s historical faiths: Christian – Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant – and Jewish and Muslim
- Draw on the long European traditions of free thinking, secular humanism and non-religious social action
- Affirm Europe’s modern diversity: Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Jain and other religions from across the world
- Define common ground and promote collaboration between secular institutions and religious and non-religious organisations