Annual Meetings

During the year, the CCEE organises various meetings, four of which are held regularly on a yearly basis:

  • The Plenary Assembly, which brings together the Presidents of the thirty-three Bishops' Conferences, the Archbishops of Luxembourg and the Principality of Monaco, the Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus, the Bishops of Chişinău (Moldavia), the Eparchy of Mukachevo and the Apostolic Administration of Estonia.
  • The meeting of the General Secretaries of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe.
  • The meeting of the Bishops of the Catholic Eastern Rite Churches in Europe.
  • The meeting of the Press Officers and Spokespersons of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe.

The annual meeting is the Plenary Assembly, attended by the Presidents of the thirty-three Bishops' Conferences of Europe, the six Bishops not belonging to any Bishops' Conferences and the Presidents of the CCEE Commissions

The Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, the President and Secretary General of COMECE, the Apostolic Nuncio to the European Union and the Special Rapporteur-Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg are also invited to attend the Plenary Assembly. 

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and the President of the Episcopal Conference of Kazakhstan have the status of permanent guests.

Occasionally, the CCEE Presidency may invite the Presidents or representatives of other continental bishops' bodies, such as SECAM-SCEAM (Africa), CELAM (Latin America), FABC (Asia) and FCBCO (Oceania).

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Every Bishops' Conference has a Secretary General who coordinates the daily work of the Conference.

Once a year, the CCEE organises a meeting of all General Secretaries of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe where the collaborators of the Bishops not belonging to any Bishops' Conference also participate.
This meeting is a true experience of ecclesial communion and is a privileged moment for:
- share ideas and expectations on the work of the different CCEE members in the local conferences
- to deal with common issues or necessary collaborations.

The General Secretary of COMECE (Commission of the Episcopates of the European Union) also takes part in the meeting. 

Within the Catholic Church there are specific Churches, called Churches sui iuris, in full communion with the Church of Rome but distinguished from the Latin Catholic Church by different forms of liturgical rite and popular piety, sacramental discipline (administration of the sacraments) and canonical (juridical norms), for theological terminology and tradition. In Europe there are bishops of Greek-Catholic Churches, Maronite, Chaldean, Armenian, Syro-Malabar.

Once a year, with the support of CCEE, the Bishops of the Catholic Eastern Rite Churches in Europe meet to reflect and deepen the specific contribution that these Churches bring to the common and universal mission of the Church.

The scope of communication within the Bishops' Conferences is usually entrusted to the Spokesperson or the Director of the Office for Social Communication who often manages the press office. They therefore have the task of managing the institutional communication of the Bishops' Conferences by managing the relations with the media, promoting reflections and assisting diocesan offices for social communications in their activities.

Once a year, the CCEE brings together the press officers and spokespersons of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe:
- to talk about the challenges facing the Church in Europe in the field of communications;
- sharing good practices;
- develop possible synergies in view of a more effective collaboration.

One of the task of the legal advisers of the Bishops’ Conferences is to monitor the legislative activity of their own country and within the European institutions with a view to ascertaining compatibility with the Church’s social teaching.

Since the challenges are often common among individual European Nations, the meeting is an opportunity for discussion and sharing of legal solutions adopted by the individual countries over issues which affect in particular the defence of the dignity of the human person, a person’s rights, issues surrounding life, etc. It is their role to advise the bishops over legal issues which affect the right to work, to property, building issues, etc.