RELIGARE (‘Religious Diversity and Secular Models in Europe: Innovative Approaches to Law and Policy’) is a European framework project focusing on the ways in which European states govern the diversity of religions and beliefs within their territories. Its ultimate aim is to advance ‘promising practices’ through an in-depth comparative study of case law and sociological data on the freedom of religion and the right to nondiscrimination.
This two-day conference offered a unique opportunity to discuss and reflect upon the project’s key findings.
· The first day (4 December - University of Leuven) was dedicated to a detailed presentation and an in-depth discussion of the research results among RELIGARE partners and external scholars and experts.
· The conference was followed by an evening panel (University of Leuven), featuring a keynote speech by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the EU Council.
· The second day (5 December - Brussels) situated the RELIGARE research findings in a wider context, exploring their relevance and potential for a EU approach to the protection of the freedom of religion and belief and the right to non-discrimination. The programme featured keynote speeches by Thorbjørn Jagland, General Secretary of the Council of Europe, and Lázló Surján, Vice-President of the European Parliament.
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