Letter from President Barroso
Dear Members and Friends of the European Buddhist Union,
Over many years, the European Commission has engaged in a close dialogue with religious organisations across Europe. Following the implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon, the dialogue with churches, religions as well as philosophical and non-confessional organisations in Europe is now enshrined in primary law.
Let me assure you that I attach great personal importance to this dialogue. Religions play an important role in the lives of many European citizens, both in sustaining their spiritual well being and supporting them during these times of economic and social change. I appreciate the involvement of the European Buddhist Union in this dialogue through their participation in meeting and through discussing important European policy issues with their members.
This is a defining time for Europe. This moment requires decisions and leadership not only from European institutions and Governments, but from the European business community too.
I trust that the ''Buddhist Values in Business and its Potential for Europe'' seminar will raise awareness in the business community of the need for high levels of social cohesion, respect for human rights, human dignity, equality between men and women, and respect for our environment.
With every best wish for a constructive and fruitful seminar.
José Manuel Barroso