Project Description

Protestant Church of Germany – Brussels Office

The Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) represents 20 Protestant regional member churches across Germany with 23,4 million members from the Lutheran, Reformed and United traditions. The EKD office in Brussels monitors EU legislative proceedings and represents the interests and positions of the church vis-à-vis the European Institutions. One important pillar of the work in Brussels is advocacy on the European asylum and migration policies. The office  monitors the implementation of the CEAS asking for high standards on reception conditions and fair and efficient asylum procedures. Refugee Resettlement is another area of expertise. The office endorses alternatives to the current Dublin-System and campaigns for protected entry procedures. When it comes to border management the saving of lives as well as the protection of human rights and the respect of the principle of non-refoulement should be priorities in all Frontex operations. The EKD office advocates for more legal migration channels and a comprehensive common legal framework on migration. The effective right to family life and family reunification should be accessible for all migrants. EKD Member Churches are actively involved in Return monitoring at three airports in Germany. The office moreover practically supports projects in the asylum and migration area of protestant organizations by counseling on access to EU funding.