The initiative of the Series of conferences on the role of the Catholic Church in the process of European integration dates back to 2000 and aims at promoting a diversified perspectives on the horizon of European unity, as well as at showing the substantial of the Catholic Church in the process of European integration.
Catholic Church brings its specific contribution into the EU debate on the basis of Article 17(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU.
Each year the conference is structured around workshops held on topics related with the general theme relevat to the current state of play of EU policies.
The event, inspired by H.E. Mgr Tadeusz Pieronek, is organized by the Pontifical University of John Paul II, Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Poland, the Robert Schuman Foundation in Luxembourg in cooperation with the COMECE (Commission of the Episcopates of the European Community), the Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) in the European Parliament, the Polish Delegation in the EPP (Christian Democrats) in the European Parliament, the European People's Party and the publishing house "Around Us" (Gliwice).
This year, the conference took place in Krakow, from 21-22 September 2016. H. Exc. Archbp. Silvano M. Tomasi, Delegated Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, spoke during the first day of the meeting on "European Solidarity: the Challenge of Migrations".