Deeply committed to secularism, the EHF opposed the creation of a specific dialogue between European institutions and religious/non-confessional organisations. However, since our campaign failed with the introduction of Article 17 TFEU, we have decided reluctantly that we must take advantage of this opportunity rather than leave the floor to the churches.
Our legal basis for our dialogue with EU institutions is therefore Article 17 TFEU which states that :
“1. The Union respects and does not prejudice the status under national law of churches and religious associations or communities in the Member States.
2. The Union equally respects the status under national law of philosophical and non-confessional organisations.
3. Recognising their identity and their specific contribution, the Union shall maintain an open, transparent and regular dialogue with these churches and organisations.”
A great deal of the EHF’s activity is focussed on the EU and its various formations – the Commission, Council of Ministers, Parliament, Fundamental Rights Agency etc.