The Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) was founded in 1979 to promote the values of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the European context. QCEA, based in Brussels, is an international, not-for-profit organisation under Belgian law. To find out more about the first 25 years of QCEA’s history, read our report, From QIAR to QCEA (PDF – English – 5.8 MB).

We represent Quakers from all over Europe – read more here. For more information about our organisational structure, click here. For more information about our current staff, click here.

Transparency Register identification number: 3960234639-24.

Our vision

As members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), one of the peace churches, we believe in that of God in everyone. 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. On the basis of these fundamental beliefs, QCEA makes representations on behalf of European Quakers to those in decision-making roles on issues relating to:

  • Peace
  • Human Rights
  • Economic Justice
  • Democratic Governance
  • Sustainable Energy Security

QCEA calls on the European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe to contribute to a Europe which is peaceful, compassionate, open and just in its dealings among the Member States as well as with the countries and peoples beyond their boundaries.

Our work

QCEA works to express this vision in the European political context. Our work programme, which is set and agreed by our Council, addresses specific issues of concern to Quakers which are on the political agenda of the European Union and/or the Council of Europe, or issues that we want to see placed on these agendas. For more specific information about our current work programme and published material relating to some earlier work, please see the programme pages on this website. Read more by clicking the PDF links below.

A Quaker Vision of Europe (PDF – English – 331 KB)
Een Quaker Visie op Europa (PDF – Nederlands – 1.7 MB)
Un Vision Quaker de l’Europe (PDF – Français – 1.7 MB)
Eine Vision Europas Aus Quäker-Sicht (PDF – Deutsch – 1.7 MB)

QCEA is an active member of advocacy networks EPLO (European Peacebuilding Liaison Office) and HRDN (Human Rights and Democracy Network) as well as a number of Quaker networks.

Quaker House

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.



QCEA currently employs six staff members who work on a range of programmes.  Click on the link below to read short profiles and see contact information for our staff members.


Oversight of our work

QCEA’s work programme is determined by the Council, whose members comprise representatives of different groups.


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