Press Release No. 12/26

22.11.12 16:36

From left to right: CEC president Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, WCC deputy general secretary Georges Lemopoulos, CEC general secretary Guy Liagre, WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit, Anna Bjorvatten Tveit, WCC president for Europe Mary Tanner.

CEC and WCC challenge EU to be in solidarity with Greece

[Joint release with the World Council of Churches]

The general secretaries of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) have issued an open letter to the members of the European Union appealing for a just and sustainable solution to the crisis in Greece.

The letter was prepared during their visit to Greece which ended Wednesday after visiting with government and church leaders there. 

The Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit (WCC) and The Rev. Dr Guy Liagre (CEC) called on the EU, which receives the Nobel Peace Prize in December, to accept the challenge of being a peace builder for the future generations of Europe by applying the values of understanding and solidarity in resolving the situation in Greece.

"The responsibility for this situation rests with Greece and the EU," the letter says.  "Each has responsibility for the role they have played and for the response they will give."

The letter expresses concern that the people of Greece will be isolated by this crisis and that the humanitarian and social dimensions of this situation could lead to a political crisis.

To read the letter click here.


The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant, and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, and of 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

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