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“The contribution of Christians to the European integration process”

“The contribution of Christians to the European integration process” is the subject of the Conference due to take place in Cracow on September 10th and 11th. Promoted by Cracow’s Pontificia Università Giovanni Paolo II, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Poland and the Robert Schuman Foundation in Luxembourg, with the support of the Commission of European Union’s Bishops Conferences (Comece), the Polish delegation of the euro-Parliamentary group of the European People’s Party (Epp) and the publishing house “Wokol Nas”.

Conference program:

THE CHRISTIANS’ CONTRIBUTION TO THE EUROPEAN INTEGRATION PROCESS

Cracow, September 10-11,  2010

10.09.2010 Friday

from 10:00AM Registration

11:00 AM Welcome

Bishop prof. Tadeusz Pieronek, PhD., President of the Organizing Committee, Kraków

Card. Stanislaw Dziwisz, Ph.D., Metropolitan Archbishop of Kraków

Speeches:

Bronislaw KOMOROWSKI, President of the Republic of Poland

Tadeusz MAZOWIECKI, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland

Jean-Claude JUNCKER, Prime Minister of Luxemburg

Introductory statements:

Card. Angelo SCOLA, Patriarch of Venice

Hans-Gert PÖTTER ING, President of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation

13:00PM Discussion

Moderator: Jacques SANTER, President of the Robert Schuman Foundation in Luxemburg

15:15 PM I Session

Who is responsible for the presence of the Christianity in the public sphere?

Introductory lecture

Othmar KARAS, Member of the European Parliament, EPP (Christian Democrats), Austria

Andrzej GRAJEWSKI, Journalist, the “Gosc Niedzielny

Prof. Fr. Tomasz HALÍK, The Karol University, Prague

Mario MAURO, Member of the European Parliament, EPP (Christian Democrats), Italy

Jan OLBRYCHT Ph.D., Member of the European Parliament, EPP (Christian Democrats), Poland

Katarzyna WIS NIEWSKA, Journalist, the  “Gazeta Wyborcza

Joachim ZELLER, EPP Fraction in the European Parliament, Germany

Moderator: Andrzej GRAJEWSKI, PhD., Journalist, the “Gosc Niedzielny

16:45PM Discussion

17:30PM Departure

18:00PM Holy Mass, the Church of St. Anne, Sermon: Archbishop Józef KOWALCZYK, Primate of Poland

19:30PM Dinner at the invitation of Marek NAWARA, Marshall of the Malopolska Voivodship, the National Museum – the Gallery of the Polish XIX Century Art in Sukiennice, the Main Market Square, No 1-3

11.09.2010 Saturday

9:00AM II Session

Co-operation between the EU and the Churches – mutual benefits of the structural dialogue

Introductory lecture

Mons. Dominik DUKA O.P, Metr opolitan Archbishop of Prague

György Hölvényi, Adviser to the EPP (Christian Democrats) for interreligious Dialogue, Secretary General of the Robert Schuman Foundation

Prof. Fr. Piotr Mazurkiewicz, Secretary General of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), Brussel

Mons. Celestino MIGLIORE, Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of Poland

Róza THUN, Member of the European Parliament, EPP (Christian Democrats), Poland

Moderator: Horst LANGES, Honorary President of the Robert Schuman Foundation in Luxembourg

10:30 AM Discussion

11:00 AM Coffee break

11:30 AM III Session

What are the Christian politicians’ tasks in building of the New Europe ?

Introductory lecture

Maria FLACHSBARTH, PhD., Plenipotentiary of CDU/CSU in the Bundestag for contacts with Churches, Germany

Elmar BROK, Member of the European Parliament, EPP (Christian Democrats), Germany

Jaroslaw GOWIN, Ph.D., MP (Citizen Platform- PO), Rector of the Tischner European University in Kraków

Werner LANGEN, Ph.D., Member of the European Parliament, EPP (tbc) (Christian Democrats), Germany

Ria OOMAN-RUIJTEN, Member of the European Parliament, EPP (Christian Democrats), Nederland

Jacek SARYUSZ-WOLSKI, PhD., Member of the European Parliament, EPP (Christian Democrats), Director of the PO-PSL fraction in the European Parliament, Poland

Moderator: Stephan R AABE, Dir ector of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Poland

13:00PM Discussion

13:30PM Conference Summary:

Filip KACZMAREK, PhD., Member of the European Parliament, EPP (Christian Democrats), Poland

14:00PM Closing Remarks: Rev.prof. Wladysl aw ZUZIAK, Rector of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow

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