• 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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Migration

Migration is a global phenomenon that impacts on every part of society. At Eurodiaconia, we focus on migration in terms of the social inclusion of migrants through access to social and health care services.  We have written a policy paper on migration and access to services and a briefing which helps members of Eurodiaconia know how to get involved in our work on migration. We recognise that migration is a wide topic; however we will cover related topics in the Marginalisation and Exclusion Network in particular.

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Read our response to the European Commission's consultation on the Labour Mobility Package

1 July 2015

On 17 June 2015, Eurodiaconia participated in a consultation meeting on the Labour Mobility Package organised by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission.

The Labour Mobility Package aims at facilitating access of EU mobile citizens to the labour market and to social protection. To achieve this objective, the package may include a possible revision of the EU social security coordination Regulations (Regulations 883/20043 and 987/20104) and a targeted review of the Posting of Workers Directive (Directive 96/71/EC5).

Our response to this consultation reports some concrete barriers faced by users supported by Eurodiaconia members, and focuses on recommendations (applicable to the revision of the social security coordination Regulations) to prevent destitution of vulnerable EU mobile citizens. 

To read our response to this consultation, which was sent to the commission today, please click here.

 
Criminalising Solidarity: Public Consultation

18 June 2015

Public Consultation

Have you as a service provider ever felt pressure to exclude undocumented migrants from the services you provide?

In 2002 the EU adopted a Directive to identify what is meant by facilitation of the entry, transit and residence of undocumented migrants in the EU.
The Facilitation Directive (2002/90/EC) states that anyone who intentionally assists an undocumented migrant to enter or transit across the EU is breaking the law, as well as those who profit financially by helping undocumented migrants to reside in the EU. In many cases, this means organised smuggling rings, employers or landlords who seek to exploit undocumented migrants’ vulnerable position.
However, the Facilitation Directive does not rule out imposing similar sanctions on individuals or organisations that offer humanitarian assistance to undocumented migrants. This could include the provision of emergency shelter, food and medical attention, even if these services are delivered to the undocumented migrant free of charge.
In addition, more and more responsibility is being placed on service providers to report undocumented migrants, putting them in difficult situations that could lead to the suppression of moral conscience, financial penalties and arrest. Service providers should not have to bear the burden of acting as immigration officers.

To address this problem, Social Platform, of which Eurodiaconia is a member, is carrying out a public consultation in order to gather information anonymously to send to the European Commission.

If you as a service provider ever felt pressure to exclude undocumented migrants from the services you provide, we want to hear from you. Please fill in the online form at the bottom of the page: http://www.socialplatform.org/what-we-do/over-arching-campaigns/criminalising-solidarity/#.VTpdt7_5mu8.facebook

 
CALL Conference "EU Labour Mobility: a Gift or a Burden?"

5 June 2015

From 26-28 October 2015 the CALL-network of the Conference of European Churches will hold a conference in Brussels on “EU labour mobility - A gift or a burden?”

CALL stands for “Church Action on Labour and Life”. The CALL-conference is organised in close cooperation with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and Eurodiaconia.

Labour mobility is an intensively discussed issue in European policy today. For some, labour mobility is one of the main answers to the unemployment crisis in Europe. Others highlight – possible or real – the misuse of social benefits. Municipalities and social services raise awareness about the misuse of mobile workers as well as their problems if a work engagement fails. Many churches and diaconal organisations are concerned with the access of EU mobile citizens to social and health care services along with other social impacts of EU mobility. The European Commission will publish a set of proposals and recommendations regarding labour mobility at the end of this year.

Please find the invitation letter, the draft programme and a registration form.

This event is intended to to those in your church or church organisation who are involved in these issues and who would be best suited to participate at this conference.

 
Eurodiaconia Messages to Heads of State - Migration: EU must open its eyes and act now

22 April 2015

Eurodiaconia has sent messages to heads of state and government on the eve of the extraordinary European Council meeting to address the unacceptable humanitarian disasters taking place repeatedly in the Mediterranean. The letter is calling on them to practically address this tragic situation by:

· organising legal ways of immigration,
· securing immigration routes,
· sharing responsibility of treatment of asylum procedures among all EU Member States,
· supporting social NGOs assisting and integrating EU migrants.

You can read the letter here.

Read the press release here.

Read the reply from DG Home, in the name of the President of the European Commission Mr Junker, here.

Read the reply from the European Council, here.

 
EU court fine tunes migrant welfare rights

31 March 2015

EU nationals who move to another member state to look for a job are not entitled to social benefits, but they cannot automatically be denied them if they have already worked in the country, an advisor to the EU’s top court said on Thursday (26 March).

Read more...

 
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