• 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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Active Inclusion

Active Inclusion is an EU strategy which aims to promote the social inclusion and social protection of those furthest from the labour market by tackling issues of minimum income, access to quality services and inclusive labour markets in an integrated way. The objective of the active inclusion strategy is to facilitate the integration into sustainable, quality employment of those who can work and provide resources which are sufficient to live in dignity, together with support for social participation, for those who cannot. As of 2008, Member States have agreed to implement this strategy.

In our briefing on active inclusion we explain the political developments of the strategy, a summary of the European Commission’s (EC) Recommendation on active inclusion and guidelines on how members can be engaged in evaluating the implementation of the strategy nationally.

• Eurodiaconia briefing on active inclusion

Past actions:

In 2012 Eurodiaconia carried out an assessment among its members on the implementation of the 2008 active inclusion Recommendation. Download our assessment here

In 2010 we carried out a short questionnaire among our members followed by a discussion in the social services seminar on members' initial reflections of the AI strategy. With this input from members we wrote to the European Commission giving a summary of feedback on the implementation of the principles of the EC’s Recommendation. See below for the communication.

• Communication to the European Commission: Monitoring the implementation of active inclusion principles

June 2008: Eurodiaconia wrote a letter to the Social Protection Committee in anticipation of their discussions and recommendations to the European Commission on Active Inclusion in which we highlight some of our key messages drawn from our response (see above) to the consultation. Click here for the text of the letter (pour la version française de la lettre d'Eurodiaconia à la Comité de la protection sociale sur "l'Inclusion Active" cliquez ici)

March 2008: Eurodiaconia responded to the European Commission’s consultation on "Modernising social protection for greater social justice and economic cohesion: taking forward the active inclusion of people furthest from the labour market COM(2007) 620 final" Click here to read the response.

What’s next?
In February 2013 there was a report released by the European Commission as part of the Social Investment Package (SIP) stocktaking on the implementation of the active inclusion principles by the Member States. Please find the report here

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10 arguments in support of active inclusion

19 June 2014

Eurodiaconia has been involved in writing, together with EAPN, a short document which is now available to download, giving some key arguments in favour of an active inclusion approach.

Active Inclusion is an EU strategy which aims to promote the social inclusion and social protection of those furthest from the labour market by tackling issues of minimum income, access to quality services and inclusive labour markets in an integrated way. The objective of the active inclusion strategy is to facilitate the integration into sustainable, quality employment of those who can work and provide resources which are sufficient to live in dignity, together with support for social participation, for those who cannot. As of 2008, Member States have agreed to implement this strategy.

However, little progress has been made in providing an integrated comprehensive strategy for active inclusion which combines adequate minimum support, inclusive labour market with access to quality services. In this short leaflet, EAPN gives 10 indisputable arguments for an integrated active-inclusion strategy, to reduce poverty, exclusion and inequalities and to enable everyone to live a decent life and participate in society. It also explains what Active Inclusion is, what it is not and the 3 pillars it should be based on. It also tackles the obligation or responsibility national governments have to implement the active inclusion strategy.

Download it here

 
Eurodiaconia members encouraged to remind national governments of commitments to active inclusion

19 December 2013

Eurodiaconia together with EAPN (the European Anti-Poverty Network) have worked together to formulate a template letter which members of Eurodiaconia are encouraged to send to their national governments to remind them of their commitment to implementing the active inclusion strategy.   

We would recommend you:

  1. Translate the letter into your national language
  2. Amend the letter to mention a few specific national challenges
  3. Send the letter to your national ministers you think relevant (employment, social affairs, health)

If you have any questions about this, please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 The Active Inclusion Recommendation is based on three mutually reinforcing pillars: adequate income support, access to quality services, and inclusive labour markets, which are aimed at ensuring professional integration for those who can work, and social participation for those who cannot.

 
EESC hearing on Minimum Income Protection

This week the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a hearing on Minimum Income Protection (MIP) and poverty indicators. MIP is a system which ensures that people who have no other source of income receive adequate resources to live, currently determined to be about 60% of the median national income. The hearing was a discussion of recent policy developments concerning MIP (including Active Inclusion policies and the Social Investment Package), minimum income as a social protection measure, and the possibilities within the current EU framework for improvement of the system. One of the primary criticisms of the system as it stands is that there is no pan-European methodology agreed upon for determining poverty as well as benefit levels. Rectifying this, presenters believed, would bring about constructive policy discussions as well as ensure that people who need support are getting it. This is an important conversation at the policy level because Minimum Income Protection is the final level of support for users – it is what people receive when they have no other system to fall back on. One panelist described it as “scraping the bottom of the barrel” in terms of protection systems. It is therefore crucial that the system for measuring poverty indicators and ensuring adequate support is a highly-functioning and effective one; Europe cannot afford either morally or economically to allow people to fall through the cracks at this stage.

Eurodiaconia was pleased to see that not only stakeholders at the political level were invited to this hearing, but also that our partner NGO EAPN was invited to give input. This input interjected a much needed perspective on the value of people, and reminded policy makers that this is important so that all people have the chance to live their lives in dignity, which is one of the cornerstones of social Europe.

Presentations from the hearing are available here.

 
Eurodiaconia assessment of the implementation of the Active Inclusion Recommendation

11 December 2012 

In the second half of 2012, Eurodiaconia sent the European Commission it’s assessment of the implementation of the Active Inclusion Recommendation. The Recommendation was adopted in 2008, and since then the Member States had to implement the principles outline in the document (although a Recommendation is not legally binding). We were able to give feedback on 6 countries thanks to the contribution of our members in those countries. On the whole, it seems that member states have not implemented the three pillars of the active inclusion strategy (access to quality social services, inclusive labour markets and adequate minimum income) in an integrated way. In particular it seems that employment has been emphasised over the other pillars. The Commission’s official report will come out at the beginning of 2013 as part of the new Social Investment Package. We hope that Eurodiaconia’s input has been taken on board in the report. Thanks again to those members who have us feedback from your country.

Download our assessment here.

 
Annual Growth Survey 2013

10 December 2012

The Annual Growth Survey (AGS) is part of the governance structure for the Europe 2020 strategy, adopted in 2010, working towards smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.  The strategy is monitored and evaluated through a process known as the European Semester, and the AGS is one element of the monitoring.  The AGS sets out what the Commission believes must be the EU’s priorities for the coming 12 months in terms of economic and budgetary policies and reforms to boost growth and employment.

The AGS in 2013 was published on the 28 November 2012 as a package of three documents:

Communication from the Commission – Annual Growth Survey 2013

Annex – Macro-Economic Report to the Annual Growth Survey 2013

Annex – Draft Employment Report to the Annual Growth Survey 2013

It is also underpinned by two reports: Single Market and Alert Mechanism

A full Briefing for Members can be found here.

 
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