21st August 2018

“Freedom of religion and conscience are fundamental rights. Europe can only protect these rights, and safeguard its diversity, if the EU institutions are strictly neutral and independent. It is important that all voices be heard in the public debate, including that of religions, churches and non confessional organisations. But the current European Commission gives a privileged position to religions and churches, mainly the more conservative strands. Humanists and progressive liberal religious associations are virtually ignored by the Commission. Religious lobbies must be subject to the same rules on transparency that apply to all other lobbies.”

Sophie in 't Veld