• Our work

    Eurodiaconia links diaconal actors to examine social needs, develop ideas and influence policies impacting Poverty and Social Exclusion, Social and Health Care Services and the Future of Social Europe.

    Eurodiaconia also provides a platform for transnational networking and best practice sharing.  

     

  • Our vision

    As the leading network for diaconal work in Europe, we look to develop dialogue and partnership between members and influence and engage with the wider society.  We do this to enable inclusion, care and empowerment of the most vulnerable and excluded and ensure dignity for all.

     

  • Our goals

    We aim to see a positive social change in Europe through:

    Praxis, enabling membership engagement and partnerships

    Advocacy, creating a network of competence to impact policies at European and national level

    Identity and values, supporting the development of approaches and thinking on Diaconia in Europe today

     

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Our Events

The Catalogue of Eurodiaconia Events 2013 is now available! You can download your copy here. Have a look through it and see which events interest you or others in your organisation. If you have questions about specific events, you can email the designated Primary Eurodiaconia Contact. For other questions please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Eurodiaconia AGM 2014

11 - 13 June 2014 - Registration information

Dear Friends,

Registration for the 2014 AGM is now open. All information can be found in the invitation letter including information on accommodation, the programme and the venue.

Registrations should be made using the online form here.

We look forward to meeting you in Prague!

The Eurodiaconia Team

 
Registration for member seminar on EU funding programmes open

30 January 2014

Eurodiaconia is pleased to invite members to a training workshop on EU funding programmes, the third Eurodiaconia fundraising seminar funded by the Otto per Mille fund of the Waldensian Church in Italy. It will take place in Brussels from the 18-20th March 2014 in Eurodiaconia’s offices.

2014 sees the start of the new seven year period for the EU budget, and therefore the start of new and revised EU funding programmes, a number of which are very relevant for the work of diaconal social service providers. The meeting aims to help Eurodiaconia members to evaluate which programmes could be relevant to their organisations, to understand the main elements and aims of the programmes and to discuss what could be projects submitted under the programmes.

The meeting will see presentations by representatives of the Commission working with the different funds, followed by questions and answer sessions. Eurodiaconia members that received EU project grants under the previous funding period will share their experience in the context of the new funds. There will also be space for brainstorming potential project ideas with other members, and a discussion on how Eurodiaconia can best support project partnerships between members. More information can be found here and an updated agenda here. Spaces will be restricted per member organisation. Eurodiaconia's financial assistance and reimbursement rules can be found here.

 

 
Invitation to breakfast debate - towards a more inclusive and balanced European Semester

20 January 2014

Eurodiaconia is pleased to invite you to a breakfast debate hosted by the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament "Working towards a more inclusive and balanced European Semester: a model for civil society and trade union involvement" at the Member’s Restaurant of the Parliament on Wednesday 29th January 2014, 8.30-10.00am.

As a tool for economic policy coordination, the European Semester has been at the top of the EU agenda for four years now.  Since the Council of the European Union has agreed on the participation of stakeholders, civil society organisations  and trade unions have  sought to  actively engage in the process. With Member States gradually beginning to institutionalise  the procedures of the European Semester, it  is crucial perspectives and expectations of civil society organisations and trade unions are taken into account at national and EU level.  

The European Parliamentary Week, which brings together parliamentarians from all over the European Union to discuss economic, budgetary and social matters, takes place  from  the  20-22nd January in Brussels. We would like to draw from these discussions and therefore are pleased to invite you to participate in a Breakfast Seminar  hosted by  Jean Lambert MEP  and  Marije Cornelissen MEP, together with the  European  Confederation  of Independent Trade Unions  and Eurodiaconia.

Our aim is to call on the European Commission to provide a set of guidelines to Member States for the constructive involvement of civil society and trade unions in the European Semester.  The breakfast will provide the opportunity for representatives from the European Institutions to exchange views with civil society and trade unions on how they envisage the future of an open and inclusive European Semester. The meeting will also allow participants to give an assessment of how the European Semester is being communicated  to civil society organisations and trade unions, to underline weaknesses and to propose concrete ideas.

To register please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you need a badge please send your full name, date of birth, ID type, ID number, nationality and organisation by Friday 24th January. With only 30 places available for this breakfast event, registration is on a first-come basis. Please notify us of any cancellations. We look forward to welcoming you at the event.

 
Save the Date - EU funding seminar 2014

SAVE THE DATE!  EURODIACONIA MEMBER TRAINING on the NEW EU FUNDING PROGRAMMES  18 - 20 March 2014

2014 will see the launch of new and revised EU programmes that could provide funding for diaconal work in Europe.  We know that members would like to access more EU funding and develop more partnerships.  Thanks to a grant from the Otto Per Mille Fund of the Waldensian Church in Italy Eurodiaconia is able to offer a three day training to members (and members of members in the case of umbrella organisations) on the main EU funding programmes.  The training will be held in Brussels, Belgium, from the 18 – 20 March 2014. A full invitation and agenda will be sent to members in early January but please share this information among your colleagues and save the date now for this very important training.

 

 
Churches and Diaconia call for more civil society influence in the European Semester

12 April 2013

From 10 to 11 April, Eurodiaconia and the Church & Society Commission of CEC, held a conference in Brussels on “sharing opportunities for churches and diaconia to shape the Europe 2020 strategy and its social objectives”.  This meeting which was  attended by 15 delegates from 13 European countries, aimed to equip churches and diaconal stakeholders for a stronger involvement in the European semester process, particularly through the Country Specific Recommendations. Through the Country Specific Recommendations the European Commission and the European Council assess and give guidance to the EU Member states on national policies, especially on economic and social policy.

In her overview on Europe 2020 and the recently published Social Investment Package, Heather Roy, Secretary General of Eurodiaconia stated that  “those paying for the crisis are not necessarily those who caused the crisis.” Ms Roy also described how churches and diaconal organizations can use the tools and proposals of European policy to advocate for the most vulnerable.

Speakers from the European Parliament and the European Commission presented their perspective on the European Union's experience in implementation the Europe 2020 strategy in this time of crisis. Ms Verónica Lope Fontagné, MEP, Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, underlined that the European Parliament is demanding a stronger role and participation of the national parliaments, of the European Parliament and of civil society in shaping the Country Specific Recommendations and in deciding on the content of the European Semester. She supported the demand to protect the national social budgets against austerity measures during this time of crisis.

Egbert Holthuis, European Commission, presented the new procedure o fmonitoring and evaluating the Country Specific Recommendations. He also discussed the extent to which social policies on the national as well as European levels must define priorities due to the actual situation of fewer financial resources, as well as to what extent the principle of the universality of social services is at stake.

In the second half of the conference the participants assessed and discussed the 2013 Country Specific Recommendations. They analyzed what is missing in the CSRs regarding the social challenges of their country and formulated alternative CSRs from their point of view. CSC and Eurodiaconia will present these CSRs to the European Commission to demand and to propose to take them into account this year. One main and continuous observation was that the CSRs are all reflecting financial and budgetary demands but not poverty and social exclusion, which is one of the targets of the Europe 2020 strategy.

The conference ended with delegates agreeing to work together and to follow up the discussions of the conference in order to monitor the social impact of the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy in their national policies and to contribute to the discussions and decisions on the European level.

 
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