The Board of Johanniter Bavaria meets European officials in Brussels

Brussels, Belgium, 15. March 2016

From left to right: Jürgen Wanat and Alexander Graf von Gneisenau

Picture by Johanniter International

On 15 March, the Board of the Bavarian regional association of Johanniter Germany had a one-day trip to Brussels. The JOIN Office arranged several meetings with different European stakeholders.

The day started with a discussion on the current refugee situation with Doris Peschke, Secretary General of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe. Afterwards, meetings with three German MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) took place at the European Parliament. MEP Monika Hohlmeier gave an update on the debates on refugees within the European Parliament. MEP Kerstin Westphal, member of the Regional Development Committee, indicated ways to support aid projects by Johanniter Bavaria in Romania. MEP Markus Ferber also expressed his view on the refugee situation.

In the afternoon, the Board of Johanniter Bavaria was welcomed by the Representation of Bavaria to the European Union. Dr Benedikt Edlbauer from the Bavarian State Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Family and Integration made the presentations. Finally, the Board of Johanniter Bavaria visited the Committee of the Regions. This EU advisory body is composed of locally and regionally elected representatives coming from all 28 Member States and share their opinion on EU legislation that directly impact regions and cities.

The general aim of this trip was to start building a network at the European level. To this regard, the Board of Johanniter Bavaria will keep in touch with the European officials they met.

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The Representation of Bavaria to the European Union, just a few steps from the European Parliament

Picture by Johanniter International