Continental Assembly

The Continental Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the Kolping Society of Europe. It meets once a year and has the task to determine key contents of work, to elect the board, to fix membership fees and to decide on programme and constitution.

The Continental Assembly is composed of representatives of the European National Associations which may, depending on the election of members, send 2 to 5 delegates to the Continental Assembly. Apart from that, the respective General Praeses and the General Secretary of the International Kolping Society belong to the Continental Assembly as well as the delegate of the Kolping Society at the Council of Europe and the European Union.

Continental Convention 2017 in Lviv / Ukraine

This year’s Membership Meeting of the Kolping Society of Europe was held this weekend in Lviv in Ukraine, with approximately 50 representatives from 16 European Kolping Societies.

In terms of content, the delegates of this meeting primarily talked about the increasingly limited scope for non-governmental organizations and the current challenges of civil societies. The delegates of Kolping Europe also discussed about and adopted a declaration by the German Kolping Society on “Fighting the causes for refugee movements as a global challenge”. According to the Statutes it was also necessary to elect a new Board this year.

Continental Assembly 2016 in Vienna

The delegates of Kolping Europe will hold their meeting in May, 20-22 2016. The topics of this year’s Continental Meeting: Reports from the National Societies, Discussions on the subject work with refugees and generations, debates on the work paper and i.a. structural discussion.

Dear delegates, dear Kolping members!
We are pleased to invite you to this year’s Continental Meeting in Vienna, Austria. Attached to this mail, please find the program of the Continental Meeting taking place from May 20-22, 2016.

This is the address and contact of the venue:
Kolpinghaus Wien-Zentral
Gumpendorfer Straße 39
1060 Wien, Österreich
Tel: +43 1 587 56 31

Registration deadline is March 31, 2016.  The registration has to be directed to
Kolping Haus Wien Zentral, Gumpendorfer Strasse 39, A-1060 Wien
Tel. +43 1 587 56 31-0 E-Mail:
You are urgently requested to stick to the registration deadline (cancellation time of rooms!)

Request for the participants of the Continental Meeting – please prepare
On Sunday morning the Reports from the Kolping Societies are on the agenda.  Kindly present one activity which took place in your association in the past year.  Time limit: max. 5 min.

We are looking forward to meeting you and wish everyone happy days in Vienna in our Kolping community!
Warm Kolping regards,

For the board of Kolping Europe 

Margrit Unternährer, President