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The first contacts between the European Christian Base Communities date back to 1983 at the Congress of the Dutch Netherlands Communities in Amsterdam and continued in 1985 at the Congress of the Italian Base Communities in Turin.

But it is at Bilbao’s Congress in 1987, which set up a “European Collective” with the task of preparing the first true European Congress in Paris in 1991 on “Social Justice in Europe of 1992”, with more than 600 Delegates of 28 nationalities.

This was followed by  others, less numerous, “European Seminars” in Innsbruck in 1993 and Geneva in 1995 (with 130 representatives from 14 countries and 18 European regions, with all the secretarial and translation engineered on site, and with extremely rich content). The last seminar was held in the autumn of 2003 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In May 2009, the Collective and Local Communities organized a large meeting in Vienna, at the Akkonplatz community, where they found again
about 130 people coming from Austria, Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), France, Germany, Italy, Basque Country, Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland (Romance and German) and Hungary.

The last of “European Meeting”: “The Gospel Will Make Us Free” was held from 19 to 21 September 2014 in Buizingen (Belgium) and was attended by 140 representatives from 10 European countries / regions.

The next European meeting will be the X°, 35 years since the first held in Amsterdam, and will be held in Italy in Rimini  from September 21 to 23, 2108.