Organisations from several European countries and from very different traditions – inter-faith and inter-convictional organisations, churches, diverse religious groups, philosophical and non-confessional associations – have come together to build this initiative.

We are conscious of the delicate and often controversial policy issues in the field of Religion and Belief, for example, hate crimes and discrimination; employment practice in relation to religious or non-religious beliefs; freedom of dress and to wear religious insignia; equalities in relation to gender and sexual orientation; education in a plural society.

Many of these issues are primarily the domain of member states, but they also have implications across national boundaries, for all religion/belief groups, and for the EU.