Rosa Balas, the Director of the Executive Commission of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation and General Manager of External Action, today highlighted the work of citizens, regions and municipalities, because they have known how to “apply the principles of solidarity, social justice and the defence of equality in the face of the migratory flows and refugee crises we are dealing with”.

During her speech at the opening ceremony of the course titled Religion in 21st-century Europe. Challenges and proposals for confessional coexistence which is being held in Yuste until Friday, the Director of the Executive Commission explained that, by means of this course, the Foundation wishes to make a contribution to “a better understanding of the future challenges for Religion in 21st-century Europe and facing them in a more cohesive manner”.

In her opinion, the challenges of the presence of religion in advanced societies and the rise of fundamentalisms had already been overcome, but nowadays it is necessary to do so once again “by means of the dialogue, exchange and reflection of civil institutions such as the Foundation”.

Finally, she stressed that the aim of this multi-confessional and multi-disciplinary course is “to help us promote reflection on Religion in Europe, to develop future strategies to encourage coexistence and to contribute to better understanding by means of inter-cultural dialogue, leading to greater tolerance and respect for diversity, and more sensitive migration and asylum policies”.

The course is sponsored by the Swiss Henry Dunat University College Foundation and the OIDEL NGO, which promotes the right to education and freedom in partnership with the United Nations, UNESCO and the Council of Europe.

Campus Yuste 2015

Campus Yuste is an event created by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation for its educational activities, based on encouraging debate and the reflection of students, researchers and professionals on European affairs.

The courses held in June and July together with the University of Extremadura and the Pontifical University of Salamanca covered a wide range of subjects, such as adaptation to the new labour markets from a European perspective, the Christian roots of Europe, the political facet of Emperor Charles V, the challenges for the European Union from the perspective of the geopolitics of energy, the debate on new European citizenship and the proposal for federalism as a possible form of organization for a more cohesive Europe.