The Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) works to bring a vision based on the Quaker commitment to peace, justice and equality to Europe and its institutions. We seek to build support for humane, non-military policies at the EU level, both inside and outside its borders. We do so in the spirit of peaceful cooperation which forms the foundation of European politics. We have been based in Brussels’ European Quarter since our foundation in 1979.
We currently operate two programmes focused on peace and human rights. Our peace programme works to promote non-violent conflict resolution based on the concept of “shared security,” with a view to challenging the idea that international security can only be guaranteed by military means. Our human rights programme seeks to advance a more humane approach to migration and asylum in Europe, and focuses on less visible migration policy areas such as child immigration detention.
QCEA is a member of advocacy networks EPLO (European Peacebuilding Liaison Office) and HRDN (Human Rights and Democracy Network), as well as a number of Quaker networks. We are an international not-for-profit organisation (AISBL) under Belgian law.
To read our Strategic Plan, which outlines our work now and in the near future, click here.
Who are the Quakers?
The Religious Society of Friends (commonly referred to as the Quakers) is an historic peace church which was founded in 17th century England. We believe in non-violent approaches to conflict resolution, in the intrinsic equality of all people everywhere, and in a sustainable way of life for everyone that the one Earth we share can support. Quakers have been at the forefront of progressive causes for centuries, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947.
QCEA is inspired by Quaker values and works in the name of “Friends” across Europe, but we are a secular organisation with no formal religious or political affiliation.
Quaker House in Brussels, an art nouveau building of architectural distinction, is home to the offices of QCEA. It has meeting rooms for conferences and informal gatherings which are available to organisations for public and private meetings. Read more >>
If you'd like to know more about the Quakers, you can get more information here.
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