(Vatican Radio) European Churches on Wednesday called on the European Union to avoid opening way for the militarization of its budget and structures but to strengthen its role as an actor for peace and reconciliation.
Following a meeting on Peacebuilding and Reconciliation, the Conference of European Churches (CEC) released a statement in which it expresses opposition to policies that “could transform the EU into a military alliance”.
The statement was penned in light of three recent papers on defence policy by the European Commission which would fund military research and subsidise the defense industry.
It says that such increases in military funding would have adverse effects on security, while similar levels of investments in other sectors would increase “reconciliation, stability, and prosperity—the very basis of security”.
“As churches living out gospel values, we urge the EU to gather all human and financial capacities for peacebuilding as the basis for shared security,” remarked CEC General Secretary Fr Heikki Huttunen. “The European project, in its various manifestations, stands as an example of what can be done through non-military means to build up a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Europe.”